12/15 21:22 CST Matt Moore dealt from Giants to Rangers for minor leaguers
Matt Moore dealt from Giants to Rangers for minor leaguers
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --- Left-hander Matt Moore was traded from the San Francisco
Giants to the Texas Rangers on Friday for minor league right-handers Israel
Cruz and Sam Wolff.
Texas also received $750,000 in international signing bonus pool allotment from
the Giants as part of the trade announced Friday.
San Francisco last month exercised Moore's $7 million option for 2018. He went
6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 174 1/3 innings last season, setting a career high for
losses, as the Giants finished last in the NL West. He allowed a career-worst
107 earned runs.
He joins a rotation with two other lefties in 13-game winner Martin Perez and
Cole Hamels, who won 11 games this year. Right-hander Andrew Cashner, another
11-game winner, became a free agent after completing a $10 million, one-year
deal with Texas.
"This move allows us to reallocate our resources to address our position player
needs," Giants general manager Bobby Evans said. "In addition, we are pleased
to add two power arms to our system. Our focus remains to strengthen our
outfield defense and our everyday lineup."
Texas went 78-84 and finished third in the AL West behind the World Series
champion Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels.
San Francisco --- last in the NL West in 2017 and having lost out in pursuits
of Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani --- acquired Moore at the 2016 trade
deadline from Tampa Bay for third baseman Matt Duffy. The lefty's best season
came in 2013, when he was 17-4 with the Rays.
Perez and Hamels were the only holdover Texas starters when the offseason
started. Counting Moore, the Rangers have added three options to their rotation.
Right-hander Doug Fister agreed to a $4 million, one-year deal that could be
worth up to $11.5 million over two seasons, and lefty Mark Minor received a $28
million, three-year contract.
Minor was a reliever for Kansas City last season but previously was a starter
for Atlanta before missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons with shoulder issues.
Texas general manager Jon Daniels has said the club intends to use Minor as a
In 2011, Moore pitched seven scoreless innings at the Rangers in his playoff
debut in Game 1 of an AL Division Series, allowing just two hits in a 9-0 Tampa
Bay victory. The Rangers won the next three games to take the series.
In his only postseason start for the Giants, Moore had 10 strikeouts in eight
innings to help San Francisco to a 5-2 lead over the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of
the 2016 NL Division Series. The Cubs rallied in the ninth for a 6-5 victory to
win the series on their way to the World Series title.
The 20-year-old Cruz was 3-2 with a 5.91 ERA in three starts and nine relief
appearances for the Arizona League Rangers in 2017 this year. Wolff, 26, was
2-3 with a 3.54 ERA and three saves in 16 games at Double-A Frisco this year
and 2-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 24 games at Triple-A Round Rock. He had surgery in
August to repair a torn right flexor tendon.
AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report.
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