Admittedly, it’s been a minute (or season) since I’ve last written and am finally coming to grips with the Tigers being terrible for some time. With that, it can be challenging to find things to blog about, however, I’m going to give it another shot!
Let’s first start off with what could be the “major” move of the off-season for our Detroit Tigers, in signing left handed Matt Moore to the starting rotation for a measly $2.5mm 1-year contract with a $1mm tied up in incentives.
It’s no secret the Tigers are in rebuilding mode and aren’t going to go after the big free agents but do need to address holes on the roster and will do so with one and two-year deals with guys who are looking to hang on or prove they deserve a bigger/longer contract. This pretty much sums up Matt Moore, as he will be entering his 9th year and age 30 season.
Moore, once one of the top prospects in baseball for Tampa, started out as a promising starter, where he was an All-Star by his second full season and finished 9th in Cy Young voting that season (2013). From there things went downhill, as Moore torn an elbow ligament in 2014, had TJ surgery and came back to pitch mid-way through the 2015 season.
In 2016, the Rays were out of the playoff race and traded Matt to San Francisco, where he pitched in the postseason. A combined 4.08 ERA between Tampa and San Fran may be scoffed at but looking closer at a WHIP of 1.291 and 8.1 K/9 rate were solid numbers to build on going in to 2017.
In 2017, the wheels came off, where Moore was 6-15, with a 5.52 ERA and a bloated 1.532 WHIP and declining K rate and increasing H/9 (10.3) and HR/9 (1.4) rate.
The Giants traded Moore to Texas, who was looking for a left, but the performance wasn’t there, and Matt eventually ended up in the bullpen mid-season.
Now with the Tigers, I see little risk with a small 1-year contract, and the potential to turn this in to another Mike Fiers situation, where Moore performs and becomes valuable to Al Avila come July and the trade deadline. It could also turn in to a Francisco Liriano situation and has no value, but the risk is worth the reward