ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired left-hander Matt Moore from the Giants, Major League sources confirmed on Friday.
The deal is for two Minor League pitchers and is not expected to include the Rangers' top prospects. The trade is also pending a physical. Neither club has confirmed the deal. According to ESPN, Triple-A Round Rock right-hander Sam Wolff is one of the Minor Leaguers heading to the Giants.
Moore was 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 31 starts and one relief appearance for the Giants this past season.
Rangers acquire Matt Moore from Giants for prospects
The 15 losses were tied for the most in the National League and his ERA was also the highest.
Moore was once a top prospect for the Rays and considered a future star. He was 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 27 starts in 2013 and he was named to the American League All-Star team. He was just 24 years old.
But Moore made just two starts in 2014 before coming down with elbow problems that led to Tommy John surgery. Moore returned to full strength in '16 and he made a career-high 33 starts, finishing 13-12 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
The Rays traded Moore to the Giants on Aug. 1, 2016. But he fell off last season although he stayed healthy all year and pitched 174 innings.
Moore's most famous moment at Globe Life Park was in Game 1 of the 2011 AL Division Series when he pitched seven scoreless innings in the Rays' 9-0 victory over the Rangers.
The Rangers now have five veteran starters in Cole HamelsMartin PerezMike MinorDoug Fister and Moore. There is still a possibility that Minor could pitch in the bullpen and Matt Bush could be converted into a starter.
Moore is signed for $9 million in 2018 with a club option of $10 million in '19 with a $750,000 buyout.
T.R. Sullivan

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