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In a thin pitching class for free agents, the Tampa Bay Rays have opted to sure up their pitching in the present and future, by signing top prospect Matt Moore to a five-year, 14 million contract, according to ESPN.com.
The deal could go for as long as eight years and as much 37.5 million with multiple club options, sources told ESPN, and follows the Rays' usual pattern of trying to lock up their top talent early while players are still relatively affordable.
Moore, 23, sparked attention at the big-league level late last season, when he struck out 11 in five innings against the New York Yankees after a September call-up. He also allowed just one run in 10 innings in two games against the Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series.
Inside the game, Moore's name had already been mentioned as one of the sport's top young pitching prospects.
He went 12-3 with a 1.92 ERA combined for Class AA Montgomery (Ala.) and Class AAA Durham (N.C.) last season. He struck out 210 while walking just 46 in 155 innings.
After the spurt against two of the American League's top teams, Moore will no longer be considered a prospect next year as he's expected to join the rotation, helping to form a talented, young set.
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Two months after becoming the youngest starting pitcher to win a team's opening playoff game, Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore has agreed to an eight-year contract that could be worth up to $39.75 million.
The 22-year-old made his major league debut for the Rays in September, going 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in three appearances, including one start. Moore started Game 1 of the club...
According to a report by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Tampa Bay Rays have inked their flamethrowing star prospect Matt Moore to a long term extension. Moore is guaranteed $14 million over the next five years and could earn $37.5 million if the team picks up his three team options.
Moore exploded onto the Rays’ scene in September, striking out 15 batters while walking...
I've been on the Tampa Bay Rays bandwagon for years; if they didn't play in the AL (or even in the east) I'd be regularly rooting for them (whenever they didn't play the Red Sox.) One of the reasons I so adore the team is that they are so well-run. GM Andrew Friedman has come in and done a phenomenal job assembling talent, building a team through power arms, speed...
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is reporting that the Rays have signed Matt Moore to a long-term extension. The deal is said to be worth a guaranteed $14 million over five years.
However, in typical Rays fashion, the deal also includes three option years that would bring the value of the deal up to $37.5 million. There are also bonuses built in to the deal that would make it worth $40...
The Tampa Bay Rays have reached agreement with rookie pitcher Matt Moore on a guaranteed five-year, $14 million contract, according to a baseball source.
In an extension reminiscent of signing Evan Longoria after just 24 major league at bats, the Tampa Bay Rays have given top prospect Matt Moore, who made his major league debut with three appearances last September, a five year contract extension, with three option years. The five guaranteed years will be worth $14 million, while the value of the options can push the deal to a total...
The Tampa Bay Rays may end up being hamstrung by the draft restrictions in the new collective bargaining agreement, but they're continuing to play their game when it comes to smart risk and roster management for the future.
And, wow, what a move. GM Andrew Friedman and Co. locked up promising pitcher Matt Moore to the tune of five years and a guaranteed $14 million on Friday...
ROGER MOONEY ST. PETERSBURG Matt Moore’s incredible year had one more WOW moment. The Rays rookie received a contract extension worth a guaranteed $14 million over five years. The deal includes option years for 2017, 2018 and 2019. If…
The Tampa Bay Rays moved to lock up one of their prized young
pitchers Friday, agreeing to terms on a long-term contract with
lefty Matt Moore that could be worth nearly $40 million over the
next eight years, the St. Petersburg Times reported.
Two months after becoming the youngest starting pitcher to win a team's opening playoff game, Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore has agreed to an eight-year contract that could be worth up to $39.75 million. The 22-year-old made his major league debut for the Rays in September, going 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in three appearances, including one start.
The Tampa Bay Rays have called an afternoon press conference at which they are expected to announce that they have signed top left-handed pitching prospect Matt Moore to a five-year deal.
ST. PETERSBURG Knowing what he knows about his client's potential and knowing what he knows about the way the Rays like to do business, Matt Sosnick had a feeling his client, Matt Moore, would be inline for a long-term contract.