Phillies agree to terms with free agent pitcher Matt Moore
The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a major-league deal with free agent LHP Matt Moore. Moore previously played in the MLB for the Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, and Detroit Tigers.
Most recently, Moore has pitched in Japan for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks and performed well. Most notably, On November 24, 2020 in Game 3 of the 2020 Japan Series, Moore pitched seven no-hit innings with five strikeouts. He ended the season with a 2.65 ERA.
In his Major League Baseball experience, Moore was an All-Star in 2013, a season in which he went 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA over 27 starts and 150 1/3 innings. Moore last pitched in the MLB in 2019 with the Tigers, but suffered season-ending knee surgery early on in the season.
Moore will definitely be given an opportunity to find a spot in the Phillies bullpen and possibly the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation if the Vinny Velasquez experiment fails again. The Phillies are in on a low-risk, high-reward signing that’s reportedly around $3 million. Let’s hope Moore’s recent success in Japan will translate back to the MLB this season.
We’re roughly two weeks away from Spring Training. We’ll see what Moore can offer February 17th in Clearwater, Florida when pitchers and catchers hold their first workout.