SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Left-hander Matt Moore was traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handers Israel Cruz and Sam Wolff. Their starters ranked 17th in Major League Baseball with a 4.66 ERA last season, despite having Yu Darvish through July and Cole Hamels. 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. Right-hander Andrew Cashner, another 11-game victor, became a free agent after completing a $10 million, one-year deal with Texas.
Moore, 28, is coming off a awful season.
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Moore, 28, had a bad 2017 season, his first full year with the Giants, after he helped them tremendously to reach the 2016 playoffs after his midseason acquisition from the Rays. The Rangers, meanwhile, will add Moore to a starting rotation that already boasts left-handers Cole Hamels, Mike Minor and Martin Perez.
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. He was 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. His performance tailed off badly over the last three years and he can be viewed as a reclamation project for the Rangers.
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