With the Rays sitting in the cellar of the AL East, they are looking like sellers for the upcoming 2016 MLB Trade Deadline. Matt Moore’s name has been buzzing around baseball’s trade rumors thanks to a pair of lights out performances. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014, Matt Moore has flashed signs of dominance, but has been very inconsistent. Here are five possible suitors for the southpaw.
The Rangers are an obvious fit for Matt Moore. He would form a solid trio with Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish (if healthy) come playoff time. If Moore were acquired, it would likely bump either Nick Martinez or Chi Chi Gonzalez to the bullpen.
The Marlins are relevant for the first time in a long time this season. The front office has already show its commitment to the 2016 season by adding Fernando Rodney to its bullpen. An interstate flip to the Marlins seems feasible for Moore. Matt Moore would be the clear-cut number two starter behind Jose Fernandez.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Angels should consider trading for Matt Moore at the deadline to solve long-term pitching issues rather than short term. Moore is an affordable option that has a chance to excel at a regular basis if he can learn to command his pitches more regularly. In three career starts at Angel Stadium, Moore owns a 1.00 ERA. At this point, the Angels should do anything they can to improve upon their pitching so a trade for Moore would not come as a shock.
The Orioles have one of the hottest offenses in baseball, but need to add some quality arms to their rotation if they want to make any noise in the playoffs. Matt Moore is a realistic fit the Orioles, but the Rays may be skeptical sending him to a division rival. However, if the AL East foes can work out a deal that is beneficial to both teams, Matt Moore could be wearing orange and black by the end of July. Moore could compete with Chris Tillman to be the ace, but it is likely that he would step in as the number two starter.
The Rockies have a great offense, but currently lack the pitching to make the playoffs. Adding Matt Moore would be a step in the right direction for their pitching staff. It would give Moore a chance to be the ace, which could give him some newfound confidence. The Rockies are close enough in the wild card race to be buyers at the deadline, and pitching will be their main focus.