The Rangers need starters and the Giants need to reduce payroll in their quest to acquire outfielders and a third baseman while staying under the $197 million luxury-tax payroll threshold. Friday, it all came together.
Moore also has a $10 million option for 2019. The Giants previously had only about $10 million to spend before reaching the tax line for a fourth straight year, but they now have almost $20 million as they look for upgrades in center field, right field and third base. The only thing we know of the return so far is that it's for "two prospects". "Our focus remains to strengthen our outfield defense and our everyday lineup".
San Francisco first acquired Moore at the 2016 trade deadline, spending a year and a half in the Bay Area. The results were mixed.
In 2017, Moore had a 5.52 ERA and a 1.532 WHIP in 174.1 innings over 32 games.
It's unclear who would take Moore's spot in the rotation. Moore was due to make $9 million in 2018, so this clears a significant amount of money off San Francisco's books for them to bring someone else on board (like Jay Bruce?) for next year.
Instead, Moore is headed to the Rangers and the Giants will dive back into the free agent market.
Don't count on them being highly-touted prospects, either.
He's only 28 at this juncture, so this shouldn't be his last big league contract. He is years away, but this was a deal made with 2018 in mind.
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