Tampa Bay Rays: Five Burning Offseason Questions

(Sept. 21, 2015 - Source: Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)

(Sept. 21, 2015 – Source: Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)

3) Will Matt Moore bounce back?

In 2013, Moore won 17 games, was an All-Star, and finished in the top 10 in Cy Young voting. Since then, he’s had surgery, won only three games, and was sent to the minors in late 2015 due a 7.45 ERA in his first eight starts. That was the bad news, the good news was after coming back from the stint in Durham he had a 1.37 ERA in four starts.

The Rays not only need Moore to continue to pitch as he did in those last four starts, but they need him to stay healthy. The Rays do a good job of monitoring innings and pitch counts. This will be important as Moore pitches in late 2016. If Moore can post 25-30 starts and to the quality which fans have been accustomed, he can be part of a special pitching staff that includes Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly, Erasmo Ramirez, with top prospect Blake Snell and the recovering Alex Cobb adding to that depth.

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