In a move to shed payroll, the San Francisco Giants sent starting pitcher Matt Moore to the Texas Rangers for two pitching prospects.
The trade sends Moore and his $9 million contract to the Rangers. The pitchers coming to the Giants in return is not known.
John Shea also reported that Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was a possibility to be moved, but Pence has a no trade clause and according to Alex Pavlovic, they have not asked him to waive his no trade clause.
Moore came to the Giants at the 2016 trade deadline for fan favorite Matt Duffy and Moore paid immediate dividends.
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Moore’s best moments in 2016 seemed to come when they needed him most, especially in October.
His best performances were in October, where he dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers to help get the Giants into the post-season and then in Game 4 of the National League Division series against the Chicago Cubs with eight dominant innings.
Last year was a completely different story, as Moore finished with one of the worst ERA’s in all of baseball and just never found the same consistency and confidence he had the previous season.
Going back to the American League and getting a fresh start may work well for Moore.
Pence and Denard Span could both be moved as there has already been talk of them moving to left field in more of a platoon role in 2018.
In the meantime, the salary relief from Moore’s contract going to Texas should help the Giants as they look to rebuild their offense and their outfield.