According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the San Francisco Giants have acquired Matt Moore from the Tampa Bay Rays. Jeff Passan of Yahoo is reporting the Giants are giving up Matt Duffy, Lucius Fox and Michael Santos.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 1, 2016
Sources: Rays get Duffy, Fox and Santos for Matt Moore.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2016
Rays make it official:
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 1, 2016
Moore, 27, has had injury problems over the course of the past two seasons but has a 4.08 ERA in 130 innings this year. He combined to pitch 73 innings in 2014 and 2015 due to left elbow surgery. Moore has team options totaling to $26 million for the next three seasons and the Giants are expecting to take the contract without help from the Rays.
Duffy, 25, is rehabbing from a left Achilles strain in Sacramento and was supposed to meet the club in Miami during the east coast road trip. He struggled this year at the plate, slashing .253/.313/.358 with a 1.2 fWAR before the injury. His tremendous defense at third has kept his value up, but his bat just wasn’t there. As a rookie in 2015, he played extremely well, slashing .295/.334/.428 with a 4.9 fWAR. He was runner-up for Rookie of the Year behind Kris Bryant. Ironically, Duffy’s last home run as a Giant came off Moore in Tampa Bay last June.
The Rays also acquired the Giants’ fourth-best prospect according to MLB.com in Fox and their 24th-best prospect in Santos. Fox was signed for over $6 million last international signing period, and according to Schulman, the Giants will not be reimbursed for the signing bonus plus taxes from Rays. He was playing shortstop in Single-A Augusta and was slashing .207/.305/.277 in 331 plate appearances as a 19-year-old.
Santos, 21, was signed in 2012 to a $250,000 signing bonus and has a 2.19 ERA in 10 starts in Augusta with 44 strikeouts in 58.2 innings pitched. He has a fastball in the low- to mid-90s and has only walked five batters this season.
The Giants end the day trading Phil Bickford, Andrew Susac, Duffy, Fox and Santos for Will Smith and Moore. General manager Bobby Evans said trading Duffy was “incredibly difficult” and that he tried to exclude him from the trade.
Bobby Evans said it was “incredibly difficult” to trade Duffy. He tried hard to do prospect-driven deal, but Tampa Bay wouldn’t do it.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 1, 2016