Former Phillies pitcher Matt Moore lands minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers
With free agency in full force around the league, former Phillies pitcher Matt Moore has found a new home. The Texas Rangers have reportedly signed Matt Moore to a minor-league deal, returning him to his 2018 team.
Moore was signed by Dave Dombrowski prior to last season to a one-year, 3 million dollar contract. At the time of the move, it seemed like a typical cheap veteran move, where you kind of just see what happens and hope it turns out the right way. But Moore’s time in Philly wasn’t a good one.
Matt Moore’s dissapointing year in Philadelphia
Matt Moore was horrendous on the mound in Philadelphia. The 10-year veteran threw 24 games, logging 13 starts. He totaled a 6.29 ERA on the year, going 2-4. Moore threw a total of 73 innings, allowing 78 hits, 15 HRs, and tallied a SO/W ratio of just 1.66.
Moore is entering his 11th season in the pros and will be headed to his 5th team. Moore will be heading back to Texas, a team who has been very active in free agency so far this off-season. They’ve already secured Marcus Semien and Corey Seager, setting up their infield for the future. Matt Moore doesn’t push the needle at all, but it does show that the Rangers aren’t afraid to take chances on anybody.
The Phillies still have work to do. After being linked to Nick Castellanos, Kris Bryant, Matt Chapman, and more, Dave Dombrowski has no excuse. One of those guys, at the least, should be a Phillie on Opening Day. The team is also rumored to bring back Odubel Herrera, and signed Jeurys Familia last night as well.
With 20 extra million in the pot due to the salary cap increase, Dombrowski has around $38M to still spend without going over the tax. Dave Dombrowski spoke to the media this morning, so it is confirmed that he is awake. He better hit the phones soon, because the Phillies have a lot of room for improvement before the 2022 season.
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