Rays Trade Matt Moore | The Process Report

Rays Trade Matt Moore

Just before the deadline, the Rays traded Matt Moore to San Francisco for infielder Matt Duffy and minor leaguers Lucius Fox and Michael Santos according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

2016 was the final year of Moore’s true bargain years. His contract would have kept him under team control through the 2019 season and he is set to make at least $26M over the next three seasons. Hanselman projects Moore’s next three years as such:

Moore

Moore’s name had been in rumors for weeks and with Alex Cobb on the way back very soon, it seemed very likely someone was on the move. Moore had been pitching much better of late with improved command and he was filling the strike zone looking for weak contact versus chasing the strikeouts with chases out of the zone.

Duffy is currently on the disabled list as he continues to recover from an Achilles strain. He is a high-contact rate hitter that uses all fields and is best known for his top-shelf defense. He is still in the top 12 for Defensive Runs saved despite the time missed this season with injury (h/t @hangingsliders). Duffy is not arbitration eligible until the 2018 season and is under team control until 2021. If and when the team looks to deal Evan Longoria, they now have his replacement in the field. The team has said that once Duffy returns this month, he will become the everyday shorstop and Brad Miller will get his at bats at first base and the outfield.

Fox was ranked 4th in the Giants system by Baseball America before the season with a 55/80 grade and a high-risk profile. He turned 19 last month and has spent the entire season in Low-A as one of the younger players in the league but has struggled to hit with a .207/.305/.277 slash line. In their mid-season update, BA dropped Fox down to the 8th spot citing his offensive struggles. BaseballProspectus ranked Fox as the second-best prospect in the organization and put a 2020 ETA on him saying that many scouts feel his final defensive spot will be in center field. They gave him a 70 speed grade and a 55 hit grade with a 50 overall grade.

Santos was ranked as the 19th-best prospect by Baseball America but has not pitched since June 3rd after taking a comeback liner while on the mound (according to John Manuel). He has yet to exceed the 60 innings pitched total in any season but has thus far avoided the serious injury that derails developing pitchers. Santos has struck out 44 and walked 5 batters in 58.2 IP of work pitching in Low-A ball. BA assigned a 50 extreme grade to him citing the lack of a change-up.

 

 



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