Rays trade Moore to Giants, Pearce to Orioles
The Rays indeed traded one of their top starters, sending LHP Matt Moore to the Giants for a package headlined by INF Matt Duffy.
The Rays also traded INF Steve Pearce to the Orioles for minor-league C Jonah Heim.
Duffy, 25, hit .295 with 12 homers, 77 RBI and a .762 OPS in 2015 for the Giants, finishing second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. He has played all four infield positions. He is on the DL recovering from a left Achilles' strain.
The Rays are also getting back Lucius Fox, a 19-year-old Class A shortstop, and RHP Michael Santos, a 21-year-old pitcher also at Class A Augusta.
Moore, 27, has been with the Rays best pitcher over the last six weeks, going 5-3, 2.39 over his last nine starts, and is 7-7, 4.08 overall.
He was considered the most likely starter to be traded based on his improved performance as well as his contract status, having reached the end of the guaranteed portion of the long-term deal he signed and being due either a $7-million salary or $2.5-million buyout for the first of three options years. The other two are worth $19-million total.
Moore, an eighth-round pick in the 2007 draft, has been with the Rays his entire career, having missed most of 2014 and 2015 due to Tommy John elbow surgery.
Pearce, 33. joined the Rays this season on a one-year, $4.75-million deal and has been on of their most productive hitters when healthy, having missed a month due to a hamstring strain.
The Lakeland native, valuable to a contender based on his positional versatility. as said he did not want to be traded.