Boston Red Sox: Former Rays Starter Matt Moore is an Option for the Red Sox Rotation

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The Red Sox have cast a wide net in their search for starting pitching this winter.  The club is reportedly looking overseas to potential add the depth they desperately need. 

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According to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo, the Red Sox have shown interest in free-agent Matt Moore.
Moore, who pitched in Japan last season for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, signed a one-year, $3.1 million contract at the end of December of 2019 in hopes to pitch a healthy season.  The southpaw threw 85 innings last season with a 2.65 ERA.  Most importantly, he was healthy. 

Back in 2019, Moore only pitched in two games for the Detroit Tigers.  He threw only ten innings, giving up three hits and striking out nine batters.  His season would ultimately come to an end due to a knee injury.  The veteran left-hander had successful meniscus surgery on his knee. 

When Moore signed with the Tigers it was on the heels of a horrendous 2018 season with the Texas Rangers.  In 39 games with Texas, he made 12 starts earning a record of 3-8 with a 6.79 ERA, which was a career high.  He initially landed in Texas after being traded from the San Francisco Giants in 2017.  His last three seasons in the majors saw him earn a 9-23 record over 33 starts. Moore has now been rumored to be connected to the Red Sox as an option for their rotation.  Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom and Moore have a connection.  Their relationship goes back to their time with Tampa Bay.  Bloom and Moore both started their careers in Tampa Bay in 2007.  Moore was drafted in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, and Bloom was starting in their front office. 

The former top prospect with the Rays was impressive during his time in Tampa Bay from 2011-2013.  In 2013, Moore won 17 games and was an All-Star for the only time of his big league career.  Following the 2013 season, he had Tommy John surgery and never really was the same pitcher prior to his injury. 

In an interview with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Moore spoke about how he’s been focusing on getting physically and mentally right.  “I try my best not to think too far ahead of the curve.  For me right now, it’s just good to feel good on the mound,” said Moore to Rosenthal.  “It’s cool to not be injured anymore.  That always puts you back on your heels a little bit.  Right now, I feel I’m in a good spot.” After a successful 2020 in Japan during the middle of the pandemic, Moore is ready to take the jump back to the major leagues.  Peter Gammons considers Moore as a mid-rotation option for several clubs.  One of those clubs is the Boston Red Sox.  It’s unknown as to where this interest will lead, but Moore could look to resurrect his career with the Red Sox.


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