Matt Moore traded to the Texas Rangers

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The San Francisco Giants have agreed to deal left-handed starting pitcher Matt Moore to the Texas Rangers, reports John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Giants will be getting "prospects" in return, but nothing too costly according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

Since being acquired by the Giants in July 2016, Moore has posted a 5.12 ERA with 217 strikeouts in 242.2 innings over 44 appearances. The move will put more back in the American League where he had success as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Moore, 28, had a awful 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 Giants have been looking to shed payroll. Moore is on the hook to make $9 million during the 2018 year, with a $10 million team option available for 2019. Moore was a boost to the rotation down the stretch that year and would have gone down as a postseason hero for the Giants had the bullpen not blown Game 4 of the NLDS. Texas chose to trade Yu Darvish to Los Angeles at the trade deadline last season, finishing 78-84 and missing the playoffs. The deal costs them their No. 4 starter, but also gives the Giants an extra $9 million to play with as they look to fill multiple holes.

Instead, Moore is headed to the Rangers and the Giants will dive back into the free agent market.

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