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Birth Date6-18-1989
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age30 years, 5 months, 2 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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2011 TBA MLB 3 1 9.3 1 0 0 9 3 15 1 110 8.7 2.9 1.0 14.5 0% .381 1.29 2.20 2.89 86 2.81 65.2 0.2
2012 TBA MLB 31 31 177.3 11 11 0 158 81 175 18 93 8.0 4.1 0.9 8.9 0% .293 1.35 3.87 3.81 100 3.88 89.0 2.7
2013 TBA MLB 27 27 150.3 17 4 0 119 76 143 14 97 7.1 4.5 0.8 8.6 0% .259 1.30 3.97 3.29 106 4.20 100.6 1.4
2014 TBA MLB 2 2 10.0 0 2 0 10 5 6 1 94 9.0 4.5 0.9 5.4 0% .281 1.50 4.76 2.70 123 6.19 151.9 -0.2
2015 TBA MLB 12 12 63.0 3 4 0 74 23 46 9 104 10.6 3.3 1.3 6.6 0% .332 1.54 4.78 5.43 116 5.34 124.7 -0.2
2016 SFN 0 12 12 68.3 6 5 0 59 32 69 5 91 7.8 4.2 0.7 9.1 42% .297 1.33 3.56 4.08 92 3.86 85.4 1.2
2016 TBA 0 21 21 130.0 7 7 0 125 40 109 20 99 8.7 2.8 1.4 7.5 38% .280 1.27 4.46 4.08 106 4.63 102.4 1.1
2017 SFN MLB 32 31 174.3 6 15 0 200 67 148 27 89 10.3 3.5 1.4 7.6 39% .320 1.53 4.76 5.52 106 5.34 113.7 0.4
2018 TEX MLB 39 12 102.0 3 8 0 128 41 86 19 109 11.3 3.6 1.7 7.6 39% .341 1.66 5.28 6.79 121 7.00 156.3 -2.2
2019 DET MLB 2 2 10.0 0 0 0 3 1 9 0 100 2.7 0.9 0.0 8.1 61% .130 0.40 1.74 0.00 95 4.48 91.9 0.1
2016 TOT MLB 33 33 198.3 13 12 0 184 72 178 25 97 8.3 3.3 1.1 8.1 40% .285 1.29 4.15 4.08 101 4.36 96.5 2.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2007 PRI Rk APL 8 3 20.3 0 0 0 12 16 29 1 108 5.3 7.1 0.4 12.9 0% .244 1.38 4.19 2.66 101 2.76 56.6
2008 PRI Rk APL 12 12 54.3 2 2 0 30 19 77 0 94 5.0 3.1 0.0 12.8 0% .248 0.90 2.21 1.66 79 2.02 41.4
2009 BGR A SAL 26 26 123.0 8 5 0 86 70 176 6 93 6.3 5.1 0.4 12.9 0% .303 1.27 3.07 3.15 88 3.59 75.5
2010 PCH A+ FSL 26 26 144.7 6 11 0 109 61 208 7 86 6.8 3.8 0.4 12.9 0% .325 1.17 2.61 3.36 0 0.00 0.0
2011 TBA MLB AL 3 1 9.3 1 0 0 9 3 15 1 110 8.7 2.9 1.0 14.5 0% .381 1.29 2.20 2.89 86 2.81 65.2
2011 MNT AA SOU 18 18 102.3 8 3 0 68 28 131 8 107 6.0 2.5 0.7 11.5 0% .263 0.94 2.72 2.20 65 2.41 49.2
2011 DUR AAA INT 9 9 52.7 4 0 0 33 18 79 3 93 5.6 3.1 0.5 13.5 0% .291 0.97 2.05 1.37 64 2.42 49.4
2012 TBA MLB AL 31 31 177.3 11 11 0 158 81 175 18 93 8.0 4.1 0.9 8.9 0% .293 1.35 3.87 3.81 100 3.88 89.0
2013 TBA MLB AL 27 27 150.3 17 4 0 119 76 143 14 97 7.1 4.5 0.8 8.6 0% .259 1.30 3.97 3.29 106 4.20 100.6
2013 DUR AAA INT 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 8 2 2 0 102 18.0 4.5 0.0 4.5 0% .471 2.50 3.70 9.00 116 8.27 179.6
2014 TBA MLB AL 2 2 10.0 0 2 0 10 5 6 1 94 9.0 4.5 0.9 5.4 0% .281 1.50 4.76 2.70 123 6.19 151.9
2015 TBA MLB AL 12 12 63.0 3 4 0 74 23 46 9 104 10.6 3.3 1.3 6.6 0% .332 1.54 4.78 5.43 116 5.34 124.7
2015 PCH A+ FSL 3 3 11.0 0 0 0 9 4 9 1 99 7.4 3.3 0.8 7.4 0% .258 1.18 4.07 1.64 103 4.28 93.8
2015 DUR AAA INT 7 7 40.3 2 3 0 35 12 58 6 98 7.8 2.7 1.3 12.9 0% .330 1.17 3.25 3.57 79 3.93 86.3
2016 SFN MLB NL 12 12 68.3 6 5 0 59 32 69 5 91 7.8 4.2 0.7 9.1 42% .297 1.33 3.56 4.08 92 3.86 85.4
2016 TBA MLB AL 21 21 130.0 7 7 0 125 40 109 20 99 8.7 2.8 1.4 7.5 38% .280 1.27 4.46 4.08 106 4.63 102.4
2017 SFN MLB NL 32 31 174.3 6 15 0 200 67 148 27 89 10.3 3.5 1.4 7.6 39% .320 1.53 4.76 5.52 106 5.34 113.7
2018 TEX MLB AL 39 12 102.0 3 8 0 128 41 86 19 109 11.3 3.6 1.7 7.6 39% .341 1.66 5.28 6.79 121 7.00 156.3
2019 DET MLB AL 2 2 10.0 0 0 0 3 1 9 0 100 2.7 0.9 0.0 8.1 61% .130 0.40 1.74 0.00 95 4.48 91.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2011 169 0.4734 0.4615 0.6282 0.5750 0.3596 0.6739 0.5625 0.3718
2012 3007 0.4915 0.4633 0.7265 0.6468 0.2858 0.7897 0.5881 0.2735
2013 2617 0.4551 0.4310 0.7535 0.6322 0.2630 0.8380 0.5840 0.2465
2014 179 0.4246 0.3966 0.8028 0.6316 0.2233 0.8750 0.6522 0.1972
2015 1053 0.4834 0.4796 0.7842 0.6660 0.3051 0.8643 0.6205 0.2158
2016 3279 0.5139 0.4648 0.7572 0.6362 0.2836 0.8106 0.6305 0.2428
2017 2872 0.5070 0.4624 0.7974 0.6360 0.2839 0.8834 0.5995 0.2026
2018 1790 0.5156 0.4872 0.7798 0.6674 0.2953 0.8555 0.5977 0.2202
2019 117 0.5726 0.5128 0.6833 0.6866 0.2800 0.7609 0.4286 0.3167

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-08 2014-09-29 60-DL 174 154 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2014-04-22 -
2014-03-24 2014-03-28 Camp 4 0 - Face Laceration Batted Ball - -
2013-07-29 2013-09-03 15-DL 36 31 Left Elbow Inflammation - -
2012-03-01 2012-03-14 Camp 13 0 - Abdomen Strain - -


Year Team Salary
2019 DET $2,500,000
2018 TEX $9,000,000
2017 SFN $7,000,000
2016 TBA $5,100,000
2015 TBA $3,100,000
2014 TBA $1,100,000
2013 TBA $1,100,000
2012 TBA $1,100,000
2011 TBA $
7 yrPrevious$27,500,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$30,000,000
8 yrTotal$30,000,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 0 dSosnick Cobbe & Karon1 year/$2.5M (2019)

  • 1 year/$2.5M (2019). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 11/18. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24, 27, 30 starts. $0.2M for 32 starts.
  • 5 years/$14M (2012-16), plus 2017-19 club options. Signed extension with Tampa Bay 12/9/11. $0.5M signing bonus. 12:$1M, 13:$1M, 14:$1M, 15:$3M, 16:$5M, 17:$7M club option ($2.5M buyout), 18:$9M club option ($1M buyout), 19:$10M club option ($0.75M buyout). 2017 club option increases by $0.5M with 600 IP in 2014-16. 2018 club option increases by $0.25M each with 1) 85 starts or 570 IP in 2015-17, 2) 90 starts or 600 IP and 3) 95 starts or 630 IP. 2019 club option increases by $0.5M each with 1) 98 starts or 600 IP in 2016-18 and 2) 66 starts or 400 IP 2017-18. Acquired by San Francisco in trade from NY Mets 8/1/16 with $4,193,989 remaining on contract. San Francisco exercised 2017 option 11/3/16. San Francisco exercised 2018 option at $9M 9/16/17. Acquired by Texas in trade from San Francisco 12/15/17. Texas declined 2019 option 11/2/18.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 9/12/11.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 2007 (8-245) (Moriarity HS, N.M.) $0.115M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 0 10.7 0 22 22 119.0 106 37 99 15 .268 1.21 3.70 4 -9.6 -1.0
80o 0 10.7 0 21 21 112.9 107 38 94 15 .279 1.28 4.06 4.38 -13.6 -1.5
70o 0 10.7 0 20 20 108.7 107 38 91 15 .288 1.34 4.31 4.67 -16.5 -1.8
60o 0 10.7 0 19 19 105.1 108 38 87 15 .295 1.38 4.53 4.91 -18.6 -2.0
50o 0 10.7 0 19 19 101.7 108 38 85 15 .302 1.43 4.74 5.14 -20.5 -2.2
40o 0 10.7 0 18 18 98.5 108 38 82 15 .309 1.48 4.96 5.38 -22.3 -2.4
30o 0 10.6 0 17 17 95.0 108 38 79 15 .316 1.53 5.19 5.63 -24.1 -2.6
20o 0 10.6 0 17 17 91.1 107 38 76 15 .325 1.59 5.46 5.93 -26.0 -2.8
10o 0 10.5 0 16 16 85.7 107 38 71 15 .336 1.68 5.84 6.36 -28.3 -3.1
Weighted Mean010.601919101.5107388515.3011.424.725.12-20.2-2.2

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BP Chats

2018-12-04 21:00:00 (link to chat)Please give me something to look forward to this year.
(Tigers Fan from Detroit)
At times, Matt Moore has been fun to watch. (Jonathan Judge)
2018-02-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is this Snell's big breakout year?
(Keith from Channahon)
I want it to be. I really do. I just get kind of a Matt Moore vibe from him. Living in Florida, I see a lot of Raysí games on TV and he just seems to have control issues at the most inopportune times. The stuff is there. He could break out. Iíd bet against, though. (Scott Delp)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)I'm having a lot of anxiety deciding on my final keeper in a dynasty league. Top of the rotation is easy, but after the first 3, I'm at a loss. Appreciate your opinion of my choices: Matt Moore, Taijuan Walker, Drew Smyly, Matt Andriese, or Yordano Ventura. It's an AL only league, but I have an open crossover slot.
(Jim from Middlefield)
I still stand with Walker. (Bret Sayre)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is the Brinson-plus-Ortiz-for-Lucroy going to haunt the Rangers for years? Don't get why TEX traded them for only 1.5 seasons of Lucroy, especially when at the deadline a much-needed #3-SP Matt Moore was available.
(Kristen from Canada)
Because Lucroy is a MVP-quality player signed very cheaply for that year and a half and Matt Moore is...well, I really used to like Matt Moore, but he's not very reliable these days. Also... (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these pitchers for the ROS.. Matt Moore, Ian Kennedy, Colin McHugh, and Drew Smyly
(GoTribe06 from Lynchburg)
Oh man, do I have to.


Moore (I assume Righetti waives his wand or whatever), Smyly, McHugh, Kennedy (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)#1 prospect in 2018, 2019 and 2020?
(Craig from Philly)
Not a minor league guy, so it's impossible for me to tell. What I will say is that the in the last five years, the top prospect according to BP's lists were Corey Seager, Byron Buxton, Byron Buxton, Jurickson Profar, and (yikes) Matt Moore. If you would've predicted three of those five from two to four years out, you're a wizard.

(Riley Pint for all three.) (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Scooter I'm in a h2d points league. 10 team. I have room for 1-2 streamers(maybe). My question is this: Should I play match ups with pitchers who haven't yet proven to be bonafide ownable or try and hang onto a guy who could go from streamer to legit weekly contributor for me? If a pitcher averages 20-25 points a start,isn't that worth a roster spot for more than just a week? This is my first year playing so I value your opinion on this. Thanks!
(Jared from Florida )
There's too many variables here to give a full answer. It depends a lot on the depth of the rosters and the depth of the FA pool in your league as well as the activity level of your fellow owners. That said, if you like a guy, lean towards hanging on to him. Fantasy is supposed to be fun, and all else being roughly equal, it's more fun to have guys you like. It's why I still stubbornly have Matt Moore in every league I'm in except my NL-only league. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-05-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've got Matt Moore, James Shields, Tyson Ross (currently on DL), JA Happ, Kevin Gausman, and Adam Wainwright (among other starting pitchers) at the back of my rotation/bench in my keeper league. I feel I need to drop one of them soon to balance my roster. Should it be Wainwright? His performance has been lackluster so far but I wonder how much hope I should hold onto that he turns a corner and pitches (mostly) like his old self.
(mattstupp from NYC)
I'm tempted to tell you to punt on Happ only because the regression fairy came for him in a big way last night. But yeah, Waino has been not great and he's getting up there in years. I'm hardly a fantasy expert, though, so about five grains of salt there. I'm not an authority on such matters. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore: buy/sell/or hold? such a promising April turned into a sour May. will he improve or more up and down?
(Frank from Brooklyn)
Hold. You're not getting much for him now and you have to hope the command improves. I think he gets a little bit better but I'm not a Moore believer and I don't see a big breakout for him this year. (Mike Gianella)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the following are you most bullish about? Rubby, Matt Moore, Straily, Manaea or Sabathia? Please elaborate. Thanks!
(dylanrox from New Orleans )
They're all deep mixed options but Straily is the guy I want to ride right now. Manaea is the arm I want if I'm looking at keeper and ceiling. (Mike Gianella)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)The wife is at a school function. Toddler is asleep. Just you and me Mike. Tell me about Matt Moore. Don't skip the details.
(The dude from Couch)
Moore is someone I thought would struggle a little bit out of the gate but has looked better than I would have expected thus far. I thought the command would be an issue post-recovery but thus far not so much. I could see him emerging as a solid #2 with some pretty strong strikeout potential. I liked him back in 2014 pre-injury and am getting a warm and fuzzy again. Don't tell your wife what we talked about when she gets home. There's some #filth involved with Moore. (Mike Gianella)
2016-01-27 19:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see the career of Matt Moore panning out over the next few years for the Rays?
(caseyj15 from Medford, Or)
I'm still relatively confident he'll be useful for them. He probably won't be as good as many expected him to be a few years ago, but there's still at least a league-average pitcher in there, with the upside for a lot more. He was really good over his last few starts last year. Given his contract, that's more than fine for Tampa. (Matt Collins)
2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)In a Score Sheet keeper league, who's the better keeper, Matt Moore or Clay Buchholz?
(GoTribe06 from Lynchburg)
Good question and I wish I knew the answer. This will be my first year playing Scoresheet. I'm not a big fan of either, even though I live in Durham and have seen several amazing performances from Moore. I still question his command and consistency. I like Buchholz, assuming he's healthy enough to get to 150 innings or so. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2016-01-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Keeper league, last two spots: Matt Moore, Clay Buchholz, Trevor Bauer, or Nate Eovaldi
(GoTribe06 from Lynchburg)
Bauer and Eovaldi although they're all pretty close. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming health (a big assumption) does Matt Moore ever figure it out?
(Tony from ND)
Yes, but he won't be the ace many thought he would be. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should I sell Matt Moore now in Dynasty?
(Fan from Georgia )
I don't think so. Other owners will certainly be interested because he's poised to return. The value you'd receive, though, is marginal, at best. You're much better off hoping he returns to the bigs, puts together a strong couple starts, and then selling high. Of course, there's also the counterpoint that Matt Moore is pretty good and should be held. I'd personally lean toward the latter right now. (J.P. Breen)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which SP returning from injury will have the biggest impact this season: Moore, Fernandez or Arroyo?
(klwillis45 from Milwaukee)
Fernandez will be #1. I'll go out on a limb and say Martin Perez will have a bigger impact than Matt Moore. Bronson Arroyo will have the biggest positive impact on opposing hitters' slugging percentages. #dingers (J.P. Breen)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is it still realistic that Matt Moore will turn into a number one or two starter?
(George from Alabama)
I still believe in the arm and he's only 25. I think he can still be a top of the rotation guy. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-05-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)What up Bobby Shlaina? Three ?s 1) Who do you trust more: Dee Gordon, Logan Forsythe or a dude with a paw-print tattoo? 2) Is it worth picking up Matt Moore or nah? 3) Drake or Lamar?
(Boosie from Freed)
Boosie, what's good?

1. I trust Dee Gordon with my life.

2. Matt Moore faced hitters for the first time recently and is certainly worth stashing in a DL spot.

3. One of the great questions in life, but I'm glad it was asked. The beauty of the Drizzy/Kendrick debate is that you don't have to choose. While chatting, I've been listening to GKMC and IYRTITL. I wasn't a big fan of Kendrick's latest album, though, and ultimately give the edge to Drake. He's got all the hits, boy. (Nick Shlain)
2015-04-06 20:15:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore should be coming back in June. How valuable in a deep keeper league?
(Rick from Chicago)
42 (Craig Goldstein)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)What's a realistic projection for Matt Moore in 2015 and beyond?
(GoTribe06 from Lynchburg, VA)
The 2015 season is likely to be a transition back to the MLB level and whatever his post-surgery stuff is going to look like, but long term, I still like him as a frontline starter. (Mark Anderson)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)in off-season I traded Matt Moore and Rendon for Beltre partly because I'm in win now mode and partly because all the negativity surrounding Moore was scaring me. Now I don't know whether to be happy I did the deal since even thought Moore's down, Rendon is tearing the cover off the ball and Beltre is doing bupkis.
(Brian from Wis)
Depends on whether you are in a keeper league. If a single-season swap then I like it on your end, but Rendon could be a keeper-league monster. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)I received this trade offer in a dynasty league: Give Archie Bradley and Gyorko, receive Anibal Sanchez. I just lost Matt Moore so I'm kind of itching to get another SP, but this doesn't seem like nearly enough, right?
(SBP from Indiana)
No, I don't make that deal. Bradley could be better than Sanchez by 2016, and Gyorko is a good MI option with starting 2B upside. Even if you think Gyorko moves to 3B next year, your package is better. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can you believe that Craig unfollowed me when I got to 420 followers? The nerve of some people. Anyway, with Matt Moore hurt, do you have any clue who will take his rotations spot or how worth it they would be to own? Also important, why is no one paying me to talk baseball? Thanks for all the answers, Kevin
(Kevin Brown from New York)
I can absolutely believe that. I think Jeff Beliveau will take his spot but I wouldn't go heavy on him. I think Odorizzi's stock goes up though. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)What happened to Matt Moore? I know he's never had great command but the velocity is way down and he looks lost out there. Being a LHP who throws 98-100 with ease was what created the hype, so is there any hope left for him in terms of being an elite starter?
(Jake from NY)
The heavy velo drop is a concern, and the elbow issues are an even bigger worry. His command problems have plagued him for awhile, and though I think that he is a minor mechanical tweak away from finding a consistent release point, the physical factors are beginning to paint a more dreary picture. I do think that there is still hope of him reaching his lofty ceiling, but those odds are getting longer. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Completely ignoring 2014 and assuming all three are starting pitchers, how would you rank these three for dynasty: Matt Moore, Carlos Martinez, Alex Meyer?
(doog7642 from Blaine, MN)
You just ranked 'em! :) (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank these pitchers for 2014: Cashner, Tanaka, and Matt Moore. In a separate group, rank Lincecum, Masterson, and Samardzija. Thanks for the draft help. Hope to hear you soon on TINSTAAPP.
(allangustafson from San Diego )
Cash, Moore, Tanaka. Shark, Masterson, Lince. New TINSTAAPP out today! (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, I love reading your work. How would you rank these pitchers just for this year: Anibal Sanchez, Mat Latos, Mike Minor, Matt Moore, Homer Bailey, Tanaka and Alex Cobb?
(oscarbluth from Madison, WI)
[Sanchez, Latos, Bailey, Cobb], [Moore, Minor, Tanaka] (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just for 2014, how would you rank Anibal Sanchez, Latos, Tanaka, Minor, Matt Moore, Alex Cobb and Homer Bailey?
(oscarbluth from Madison, WI)
I think this was a double question (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore threw a considerable amount of balls to his glove-side and down. Considering his walk rate and the fact that he stands on the third-base side of the rubber, would you entertain the thought of moving him closer to the middle or first base?
(TVR from FL)
Actually that was a stark improvement from Moore's past, when he really struggled to hit the inner-half against right-handed batters. The 3B positioning is therefore by design, and moving him to the center would throw him off-line to the arm-side. His lack of command stems from inconsistent timing, and though he used to have a magnetic attraction between his fastball and the #1 on the strike zone keypad, last season he had more of a tendency toward over-rotation that saw him miss low and to the glove-side. The key for Moore is finding his ideal release point, and if anything I would adjust his starting angle on the rubber as opposed to his positioning.

Awesome question. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Took over a team in a 10 team H2H Dynasty. Looks to be middle of the pack, but I have Cabrera. Would you trade him for a package of Harper or Stanton, and Matt Moore, Sonny Gray, and Addison Russell? Other option is Goldschmidt, Machado or Cole, and Sano. I'd have to add some things to get either done. Which is better or hold out until the season starts to see if my team is performing better than expected?
(Joe from SC)
I own Miguel Cabrera in a 12-team head-to-head dynasty league with 25-man rosters with 5 prospect slots. I have a top heavy team and wouldn't move him for 3 clear cut keepers, especially since he still possesses third base eligibility. I'd strongly consider pulling the trigger on the Goldschmidt, Machado and Sano trade. (Ronit Shah)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben, Loving the podcast. I took over a 12-team 2 catcher auction roto league. It is 5x5 standard scoring, only i has K/9 instead of K. 260 auction budget. I can keep up to 10 guys. Would love to get your expertise opinion Here are the 12 I am deciding between. All except Jones and Craig can be kept for an additional year at a price increase Gattis ($1) Rendon ($5) Tulo ($33) Adam Jones ($32) Allen Craig ($11) Frieri ($4) Carlos Martinez ($1) Matt Moore ($15) Tyson Ross ($7) Yordano V. ($1) Cingrani ($5) Alex Wood ($5) I really want to keep CMart cause of his immense talent and price. But have a feeling you will have as one of the drops thanks!
(rzt101 from Queens)
These are hard to answer on the fly, a they require a ton of thought, but off the top of my head I'll drop Ross and Wood. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Matt Moore still gonna be an Ace?
(Cliff from NC)
Solid number 2, which is not a disappointment. Aces are rare. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)A fantasy question - I am in dire need of quality SP and have been offered Matt Moore for Manny Machado. As much as I love Manny, I also have Nick Castellanos to be my 3B ... yeah, he may not have Manny's upside but Moore could be a long-term ace/co-ace of my staff for years to come. Both are signed for $5 with $3 annual incremental increases. Am I crazy to consider this? Thanks
(Tony from The tundra)
I don't believe in Matt Moore as a future ace, so give me the studliness of Manny Machado. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a Matt Moore owner that's a little concerned with the BB. I'm looking to sell high on the potential. While I am well aware he could break out and burn me, I want to get something that will cause less sleepless nights. In a 1-for-1 trade, what SP's would you flip Moore for?
(Slevin from Brooklyn)
This is a good and important question, but I haven't done rankings just yet for SPs, so I don't have a good answer here. We'll be doing some more chats going forward and I'll be able to answer in a few weeks. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was needling a friend of mine about Matt Moore that at this point he is essentially Derek Holland only a little younger. I am sure most everyone will say that Moore is better now and long term but can you see any basis in truth to my comparison?
(chris from Phoenix)
Holland has actually shown considerably more control over the last few years. I'm not sure the comparison works, but that doesn't mean Holland isn't better. It's all about whether you believe that Moore can put it together, because the pure stuff is better. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty league (no limits or costs): Matt Moore, Jameson Taillon, Ryan Cook, and picks first 2 rounds in prospect draft, for Taijuan Walker, Shelby Miller, Yordano Ventura, and Joakim Soria. I assume you'd take Walker side, but I am selling a bit low on Moore considering the potential should he find his command?
(Slevin from Brooklyn)
Hey Slevin:

Hmm. I have to think about this one which means that the offer is probably in the ballpark in both directions. A lot depends on what is available in your prospect draft and what you think you can land with those 2 picks. Even in dynasty leagues, I generally like taking the proven commodity over the uncertainty, so from that standpoint I like Matt Moore better than any of the other pitchers in the deal. However, I have to assume that there isn't anything wrong with Shelby Miller and he certainly put up enough innings last year to be considered a Major League asset as well. With that in mind, I like Taijuan Walker and Yordano Ventura better than Jameson Taillon in that deal, and Joakim Soria has a better chance of closing than Ryan Cook in 2014. Again, much depends on what those picks will net at the minor league auction. Since it's dynasty, I'm assuming those picks will get you players who are talented but very far away. If you think you're going to compete this year, you probably want the Walker package. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Which lefty would you rather have for this year, and the future: Derek Holland or Matt Moore?
(kevin from oakland)
Hi Kevin:

Definitely Matt Moore. He has some control issues, but if he can harness those to even some degree he is an ace starter in the making. Derek Holland is very good, but I see him more as a solid #2 going forward, not an ace. If you're talking fantasy, Moore is an even better option because all of those strikeouts can win you a category. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Matt Moore's command issues? He seems to have a pretty clean/simple delivery.
(Brose Canseco from Chiraq)
Moore's command issue seem rooted in timing, which is often the last element to come around for a young pitcher. The simplicity of his delivery is a point in his favor, but proper timing is an extremely fine-grained element that even the best pitchers can lose from time to time. He defies convention by starting on the third-base side of the rubber, and yet he still struggles to hit the inner edge versus rightihanded bats, which suggest that he might need to alter his starting angle on the rubber in order to find ideal extension at release point.

On the jukebox: AC/DC, "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore, Ryan Cook, and David Robertson for Gerrit Cole and Craig Kimbrel. Fair trade?
(Jonah from Redwood)
It's not unfair, per se. But I'd take the Cole side of that deal every day of the week and twice on Sunday. (Bret Sayre)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)More less LABR settings, thinking of trading one year of $7 Matt Moore and one year of Alex Cobb at $2, for three years of $7 Gregory Polanco. Worth it?
(Roy Munson from 1978 Iowa state bowling champ)
I'd keep the two starters. (Bret Sayre)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gerrit Cole and Matt Moore: potential future #1's. In the next few seasons, who is the better player? In 15 years? How far do you think they go in actualizing their potential?
(Sara from Tacoma)
I'm a huge believer in Cole's present and future. Matt Moore has some otherworldly talent, but I'll take Cole in the next few years and over the next 15 years (if either lasts that long). I'll just take Cole in every respect in this discussion, largely because I think the command profile sets him apart. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Gerrit Cole v. Matt Moore: Who do you take this year (2014)? Next 5 years? Next 10? Why?
(Jess from Aspen)
What a great question. Moore has the lefty advantage, though his command has not come around as much as one would hope. Cole, on the other hand, is developing at a rocket pace. My favorite attribute in a young pitcher is the ability to improve and make adjustments, and since Cole has already exhibited that ability at the highest level (despite having less experience), I would take Cole for the next 5 or 10 years. That's no knock on Moore, who has elite potential and has flashed brilliance - in fact I would probably give him the nod for 2014, as we have a better idea of what we'll get from Moore next season.

On the jukebox: Lou Reed, "Perfect Day" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)I know Matt Moore is no longer a prospect, but what's preventing him right now from David Price (typical David Price, that is) domination? I know I'm nit picking.
(Dr. Mike from Milwaukee)
Hey, be happy Matt Moore is fun to watch. The Price-like domination will come in time. Just let Moore continue to develop his stuff, and the domination will ensue. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Sam. Love the podcast. Got a trade offer in my league (no keeper) Ryan Braun and Jarrod Parker for Matt Moore and Alex Rios. Oh, Gucci shades up on my braids when I Escalade. With the recent reports of biogenesis cases not being heard until later should I pull the trigger?
(Frank from Philly)
Oh, please. Catch me lane switching with the paint dripping? Turn your neck and your dame missing. But you already knew I was going to say that.

Slightly serious answer: I would almost turn down every trade offer without even looking at it. These managers hate you and want to hurt you. Don't play their stupid game. Don't even look at the offer. Just punch back with a counteroffer on your own terms. (Sam Miller)
2013-07-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the immediate prospects for Sonny Gray? Does he crack the A's rotation? Or is he only starting in an injury situation? Why did the A's give him the pre-break taste of the majors?
(Tim from Portland OR)
Discussed in the Call-Up this week,

"This is a short term move for Oakland, as Gray is being allowed to get his feet wet now while Oakland makes use of an extra roster spot for as long as they do not need a fifth starter. His stay may be limited for this call-up, but while there is no immediate opening for Gray in the rotation, he will without question be the first call once a starter is needed. He could follow in the footsteps of Tampa standouts David Price and Matt Moore, joining the Big Club for good later this year to provide meaningful innings for a playoff push and through October-be it in relief or as a starter-and should establish himself as a rotation mainstay next April at the latest." (Sam Miller)
2013-07-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)How concerned are you about Matt Moore's peripherals. The results are there, but the walks and the reduced speed don't bode well for the future. What are your expectations for him moving forward (not just this season but beyond)?
(RaysFan from Durham)
No, I'd have some concern over that and some of the inconsistency where he mixes in a few terrible starts from time to time. The walk rate is the biggest red flag because if he can't trust himself in the strike zone at lower velocity, he's done. (Zachary Levine)
2013-07-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there anything in particular about Matt Moore's mechanics that you think is causing his control issues? It seems that he has a lot of raw talent but that his walks undermine his skills.
(Tim from Princeton)
It mostly boils down to timing, which is usually the last thing to come around for a pitcher. He also struggles to get the fastball inside to RHB's, this despite his starting on the 3B side of the rubber, and that has limited his ability to get ahead early in the count with fastballs. But he has plus balance and posture, so the mechanical baselines are there for him to line up his timing with more consistency. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-07-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Expand a bit on Matt Moore, if you would please, Doug. You said he has "the mechanical baseline to find consistency." What exactly does that mean? Every time I watch him I see a pitcher who struggles mightily to repeat his mechanics. His follow-through in particular is never the same twice in a row.
(Chris from KC)
By baseline, I mean that he has strong balance and finishes with stable posture, and he does so pretty consistently. He does struggle to repeat his timing, but the plus balance means that he will have an easier time figuring out that final piece of the sequence - timing is typically the final thing to come around. Guys with poor balance are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to repeating their timing, but Moore is over that particular hump.

What he fails to repeat is the timing of his trunk rotation, and the result is that he struggles to find a consistent release point, and the issue has been prevalent for a couple of years now. It makes me think that he is not getting completely square to the target (though I would need hi-speed video to confirm), and if that's the case, then Moore might benefit from adjusting the angle of his feet/hips from the setup position. If he is too closed at release point, then he should open up the angle at setup.

On the jukebox: Pink Floyd, "Comfortably Numb" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Concerned about Matt Moore's velocity?
(Val Lowe from The City)
As much as I've loved him, I wasn't really confident in the filthy start since he was still walking far too many with a 90000% LOB rate. The velocity isn't my biggest concern though as it can be overcome. He's still developing so I've toned down my immediate expectations. Still *love* him long-term. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore - 48 pitches through FOUR innings! SO HAPPY!
(Tony from Home)
Yeah I figured with everyone jumping off of him on the Towers of Power FB group, he'd definitely man up. I couldn't pull the trigger in daily fantasy even though he was costing NOTHING. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Harry- what has been wrong with Matt Moore lately and do you think his problems will persist? Thanks
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
3 pitch starter who lost velocity quickly at an early age. Needs to learn how to pitch "that way" while in the AL East, gonna be some speed bumps. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I didn't think my man crush for Matt Moore could be topped, but man Yu Darvish is dreamy
(Shawn from My Cubicle)
Mine and Jason's top 2 for LABR Mixed (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Going into the spring, Matt Moore was a notoriously slow starter and his spring numbers were quite worrisome. He is now 7-0 with an ERA in the mid-2s. His velo seems down a few ticks from career norms, but he may just be saving himself from a tired arm like he had late last yr. Agree/Disagree?
(jlarsen from Chicago Far North)
He's 23 so 'career norm' is TBD. He was about 96 in 2011, 95 in 2012 and 93 so far. As noted it is not at all unusual for young power arms to drop speed, even at a young age. Each case is different, Moore could be backing off, or maybe he was maxing out last year, or maybe he's just lost a bit. He's pitching well and that's the most important thing. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Wainwright counts. Any prospects you think could be true #1s or other vets that have that potential?
(nubber from tx)
A few others: Darvish, Matt Moore, Gerrit Cole, Dylan Bundy. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Would you rank long term- Jose Fernandez, Dylan Bundy, Matt Moore?
(Nick from Topeka)
Moore, Bundy, Fernandez. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore has started off this season right where he left off last season. For instance, last night he only went 5.1 innings but didn't allow a run. His pure stuff is still great, but he consistently sits at 100 pitches and doesn't get through the 5th or 6th inning. What do you think has more value, 0 runs allowed but only getting through the 5th or 2 runs allowed and completing the 7th?
(Eric from Costa Rica)
No runs through five is much better. Giving up two runs in two innings is not good at all (that's a 9.00 ERA) so if that's all Moore can give you, you thank him, and bring in an average reliever and most times you should beat 2 runs allowed in seven innings. (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a 12 tm mixed league with 8 mandatory keepers. I know you and Jason are high on Matt Moore. In keeper league format, how close is he to Hamels? Been offered Cole for Moore + pick upgrades.
(Joe from Deptford, NJ)
As long as the pick upgrades weren't egregious, I'm still going Hamels. Unless you have a super-young team that won't contend in '13, go for Hamels. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)Keep six in a head to head points league with three OFs that are LF, CF, RF. Keeper round stays the same throughout a player's career: Beltre (1), Felix H (7th rd), J Upton (10), Harper (15), Price (16), Matt Moore (20), Austin Jackson (20), Jurickson Profar (20).
(Alan from Jacksonville)
Tough, I'm thinking pass on Beltre, Felix. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)In my AL-only Dynasty Lg, I acquired Mike Moustakas, Addison Reed, Byron Buxton and the 6th overall pick for Justin Verlander & my 10th, 11th and 12th round picks. Was this a good pick-up, considering that I have Matt Moore, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Tommy Milone as my top starters
(jlarsen from Chicago)
Hard to say considering I don't know what those picks would typically fetch in your league. That seems like a lot to give up since it's an AL-only. Your staff looks deep, but this isn't a mixed. I do like Buxton a lot, but I don't like the idea of giving up Verlander without getting a top hitter back. I have been burned in the past dealing an ace pitcher for a package of players rather than one big hitter in return. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is Matt Moore ready to harness his pitches and continue to build off his solid second half last year? 3.5 era with 185+ k, assuming a healthy year? Better, worse? What do you think?
(Andrew from Tampa)
Matt Moore 2013 = David Price in 2010. That's what I expect. Most of Moore's HR's came early in the season and then his pitchability improved until he tired late. (Jason Collette)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Matt Moore tired late or was he distracted by the whole 'tipping his pitches' thing?
(tbs727 from St. Petersburg, FL)
I think he tired...the tipping/pumping thing with his pitches was something that lingered from time to time and I recall seeing him do it with a change-up a few times which really toyed with hitters. (Jason Collette)
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect from Matt Moore this season?
(Alan from Daytona)
Alan, PECOTA has Moore essentially duplicating his rookie season, which seems like a reasonable baseline to me. He's at an age where he could take a step forward, but he did well enough last year that even no/limited growth shouldn't be viewed as disappointment. (Geoff Young)
2013-03-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)PECOTA pega Matt Moore for 182 K and 86 BB in 168 innings this year. What do you think? He's obviously the biggest X-factor in the Rays' playoff hopes. Do you see anything to lead to the conclusion that he will take the next step in 2013?
(Matt Trueblood from Fridley, MN)
I think that both his K rate and his walk rate will be lower than that, but his stat-line will largely be dictated by his ability to iron out his mechanical timing. His overall mechanics are excellent, and repetition of timing is often the last thing to come around for a young pitcher, so I expect him to make steady improvements this season. His biggest challenge is to start using his top-end velocity to own the inside edge against right-handed hitters, but he has thus far shown a tendency to stay away from opposite-sided bats.

On the jukebox: Rolling Stones, "Under My Thumb" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a 10-team MLB league, 6x6 (OPS and QS), 1 C. I'm keeping Trout, Stanton, Kershaw. Two more from: Chapman, CSantana, Bruce, Butler, Desmond, Machado, Matt Moore. Am I crazy to want Santana and Moore?
(Hilarious Reference from Pithyville)
You're not crazy at all. I'd take those two, too. Bruce or Butler over Moore is probably the more conservative route to take, but I like the gamble with Moore. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Taylor Guerrieri stand a chance of becoming a frontline starter for me?
(Joe Maddon from TB)
A few years down the road, sure. If Matt Moore (who is locked up through 2019, if the club options in his extension are exercised) breaks out as expected and sticks around, he and Guerrieri could form one of the league's best 1-2 tandems come 2016-2017. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your expectation for Matt Moore in 2013 and beyond? He was ranked ahead of even Trout and Harper only last year, but it seems like people have soured on him considerably after a soso rookie year. Is that because of how great Trout was or are there bigger underlying problems that make it less likely for him to reach his ceiling?
(sitdancer from DC)
Sitdancer, I think it's half Trout (and Harper, to an extent) and half Moore. Moore had some issues putting batters away and tipping pitches, so his overall numbers suffered. Frankly, he pitched about as well as I expected given that he was a rookie in the AL East. I'm still high on him-the stuff and makeup are still great-and I think he reminds people of his potential this season. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a keeper league w/ farm system (7x7 obp, xbh,hld, qs)- I am being offered my choice of Matt Moore or David Price, Tyler Skaggs, R. Soriano, Jonny Venters, and two-4 first round picks for my Gerrit Cole and Craig Kimbrel, and Clayton Kershaw. Yes, No, or Maybe So?
(Mitch from Buffalo)
I'm not sure what's going to be available at those picks, but unless it is substantial talent I would pass. (Josh Shepardson)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)In 4 years time, the better pitcher between Matt Moore and David Price is _______?
(Joe Madden from The Dugout)
David Price is the safe bet, since he has done it at the big league level, but Moore has a chance to close the gap. I'd guess Price, but it wouldn't shock me if Moore surpassed him. (Josh Shepardson)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Long-term who would you rather have anchor your [fantasy] staff: David Price or Matt Moore?
(Donald from Berkley)
Assuming even cost, take Price -- the relatively young arm with the track record. (Nick Faleris)
2012-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore was quite the enigma last year. Like in year's past, he started out quite shaky but turned it up as the weather started heating up. He's a power lefty who, for some unforeseen reason, has a problem getting lefties out. He also seemed to nibble with secondary pitches, rather than gassing hitters(which he did well, when he actually did). With his services locked up, the Rays don't have to worry about losing him, but trade speculation surrounds Shields/Price/Hellickson. What does he need to do or work on, so he can step up his game in case the team finally deals a pitcher for hitting?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Moore is intriguing due to his interesting pattern of hitting targets - he throws a ton fastballs up and to the arm-side - if the strike zone were cut into a 3x3 matrix with numbers like a telephone keypad, a bunch of his fastballs would land in the "1" zone. The strategy is based on his mechanical positioning, and works well against RHB's because he keeps the ball away, and his heavy velocity made it difficult for minor-league lefties to square up the pitch when thrown inside. Moore is finding out the hard way that MLB batters can hit raw velocity, and his ability to get out lefties could hinge on his hitting more targets on the glove-side of the zone (sectors 3, 6, and 9).

On the jukebox: Helmet, "Better" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)How much of where Matt Moore is hitting targets is due to his position on the rubber - extreme third base side? Does that hurt his ability to dial up the 3-6-9 to lefties?
(TheRoyalFlourish from Capetown)
Actually, his position on the rubber is likely helping him to hit the 3-6-9, as many lefties will start on the extreme first-base side in order to create angle, but he requires a 3B-side starting position in order to line up his delivery. His best chance at hitting those outside targets to lefties might come from adjusting his starting angle on the rubber, altering his position to open up the hips a bit, but part of the issue has to do with arm slot. Moore's high-3/4 slot will lead to a tendency to hit targets on a line that extends from up-in to LHB's to down-away.

On the jukebox: Metallica, "Fade to Black" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Long term who do you think has the better career- Darvish or Matt Moore?
(Ian H. from Tampa Bay, FL)
Both are fantastic arm, and Moore has the age advantage. But I think Darvish has the better arsenal, and I think his prime years will be slightly better than Moore's. Better question: Would you trade Darvish for Moore, or vice versa? I would rather have Darvish, despite the fact that he's older and more expensive. It's a tough question, and a good one. Thanks. (Jason Parks)
2012-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Chris Sale having the year Matt Moore was supposed to have?
(Omar Little from Baltimore)
Chris Sale is having a year that nobody is *supposed* to have. You just put enough good players in a room together and wait for one to do something incredible. Sale might be the sexiest expected starter in the AL right now. (Sam Miller)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Looking to next year, who would you rather keep....Ian Kennedy, Matt Moore, or Tommy Hanson?
(Matt from NY)
Matt Moore...see Price 2009 vs Price 2010 (Jason Collette)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)My league uses contracts and salaries. I have Matt Moore unsigned at $1. What should I do with him - option him for $1 for 2013 or sign him to a 2, 3, or 4 year contract? (Salary goes up by $5 each year)
(Liam from Portland, ME)
I never go more than 3 yrs with any pitcher. At $1, I have no issue going to $16 for him (Jason Collette)
2012-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Mike trout has hit the ground running, Matt Moore has been inconsistent yet solid overall, and Bryce Harper has been treading water. What can we expect from the Big 3 for the rest of the season: Regression? Improvement? More of the same?
(Michael from Dover AF Base)
Trout: Keep it going; Moore: Slow but steady improvement; Harper: Ups and downs all year, but no breakout in 2012. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)5x5 OBP league, who wins this deal: Motte and Matt Moore for Aybar and Paulino?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
I'll take Motte and Moore (Derek Carty)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)A lot of faith in Matt Moore (and the entire Rays management for that matter), even with his recent struggles. Should the Rays continue to ride him out if his next couple of starts are as rocky? or send him down to Triple-A to make a few more starts and maybe come back after the break?
(masonstillmatic from tampa)
A demotion seems unlikely. Moore's situation is akin to David Price's in 2009. Both shot through the minors, neither seemed fazed by October's bright lights, and both then realized that pitching in the majors fulltime requires adjustments. Even the numbers through six starts are similar:

Price (09): 30.1 IP, 30 H, 22 R, 20 BB, 33 SO, 6 HR, 4.45 ERA
Moore (12): 34.2 IP, 39 H, 23 R, 18 BB, 28 SO, 6 HR, 5.71 ERA

Once Moore makes his adjustments, and you have to trust that he will, everything will be fine. I'm not convinced a trip to the minors helps anyhow. His stuff is too good for minor-league hitters to handle, even if his fastball location is off at times. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-04-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's wrong with Matt Moore? Slow start or should we start to worry/move on to Bauer?
(Mike from Philly)
Well, his strikeouts are way down and his walks are way up, but we're talking about 19.1 innings at this point. I don't think that is nearly enough to determine if something is wrong with him or not. I'll go with "nothing is wrong with him" until I hear otherwise. (Matthew Kory)
2012-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Seems to be a shortage of questions. While everyone was keeping their eyes on Bauer and Skaggs, the D-Backs had Miley and Corbin ranked just behind them. I figure these guys have back-of-the-rotation upsides, but they get the first crack and might be good enough. In the best-case-scenario for Arizona, is there really a need to bring up Bauer or Skaggs this year?
(Oliver from Boston, MA)
The best case scenario would to emulate what the Rays have done with Matt Moore and David Price, with the team charging into the playoff hunt without the need for Bauer or Skaggs, letting them get in a full developmental year, before tossing them in the pen for the stretch run and playoffs. If they don't have anything left to prove in the minors you don't want them wasting time there -- but they both still have plenty to prove. (Ken Funck)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Trade offered: Jesus Montero & Matt Moore for Curtis Granderson Not a keeper league. Scoring categories: R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG and W, S, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP I'm debating it, but my judgement might be clouded by my simple fandom of Moore. I have Granderson.
(lacerati from San Diego)
I'd pass it up. If it's AL-only instead of mixed it might be closer, but I still think you're better off with Granderson. Obviously both have a lot of potential, but for this year, I don't think it's worth it. (Derek Carty)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore or Yu Darvish in 2012?
(Hannah from Montana)
This is a tough one. I'll go with Darvish because of the division. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Everyone is all excited about Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, and the rest of the young pitchers in Tampa Bay, but let's flip that coin and think negatively for a moment: Hellickson didn't punch out hitters last year, Davis hasn't developed as expected, etc. Are you concerned at all about this, or is it just part of their development curve in a tough AL East?
(Marc from Internet)
I'm more concerned with Davis than Hellickson.

Everyone knows about Hellickson's shaky peripherals and shiny earned run average, and every local writer seems to be waging war with BABIP. Here's the three things you (and they) may not know:

1) Hellickson's walk rate was inflated by eight intentional passes.
2) PITCHf/x data shows that Hellickson missed a ton of bats within the zone, yet held a strikeout rate lower than the other non-knuckleballers with similar whiff rates.
3) He got infield flies by the bushel.

Will all of that continue? Hard to say, but I'm confident he'll be fine.

Davis is more of an enigma to me. He has command issues and he lacked an outpitch for most of last season. He also didn't have his best velocity until he went on the disabled list. He has not developed into the physical power pitcher we all thought he would become, but he did seem to develop confidence in using his curveball against righties as the year went on, and if he can improve on his cutter-in place of a changeup-he could become an okay middle-of-the-rotation starter.

It doesn't help that both of those guys have had to grow up in the AL East. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)What were the best and worst moves this off-season?
(SaberTJ from Cleveland, OH)
If extensions count I might go with Matt Moore. Locking up potential impact players to affordable long-term deals is vital for the Rays. If they don't count, then I can see the case being mode for a range of deals. For instance, the Hiroki Kuroda signing. Not only did New York get a quality pitcher, but they got him on a one-year deal. I know the money involved there is a more than you'd like to hear about the best deal of the offseason, but it's one that sticks out in my mind as a deal we'll look back at fondly.

As for the worst deal. I'm sure an obvious one is slipping my mind. I might go with the Dodgers signing of Mark Ellis because I don't understand why you'd give him the years and the money like they did. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-03-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)Am I the real deal already? Or am I still a year or two away?
(Matt Moore from Tampa Bay)
My boldest award prediction of the year: Matt Moore, AL Cy Young. I'll probably regret it, but I'm going all-in on him. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)AL ROTY: Matt Moore v. Yu Darvish (v. the field?)- who you got?
(Kevin from Davenport)
Darvish. Moore's good, and I'd put him down for second, but I think Darvish will be better this year. I am disappointed to see him going so high in mock drafts, though. I was hoping all of the failed Japanese guys and Dice-K comparisons would lower his value enough where I could conceivably draft him, but his Japanese numbers and the hype just seems to be so overwhelming.

Also, for what it's worth, it's interesting to note just how many quality rookies are in the AL this year compared to the NL. There are more than a handful of legit ROY candidates in the AL while no clear-cut favorite in the senior circuit. (Derek Carty)
2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)I meant Matt Moore, Duh!
(Ron from Tampa)
OK now we're in business. The Rays rotations is obviously crowded this year, but I expect Moore to have a spot on opening day one way or another. The organization has managed his innings very carefully during his ascent, so let's assume he gets to 190 or so this year... at his expected level of performance, he should be at the end of the top 20, at minimum. (Cory Schwartz)
2012-01-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do pitchers make significant progress with their control after AA, i.e., shouldn't control as a skill be established long before MPH and developing off-speed/breaking pitches?
(karysingh from Key Largo)
Sure they do. Look at Matt Moore. As far as stuff/control, it's chicken-egg. You need stuff TO control, and you need to control your stuff. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you could have the next 6 years of any pitcher in the Majors to start your team with, is there anyone to consider other than Matt Moore?
(FutureCloser from NY NY)
Clayton Kershaw would be my first choice (Jason Parks)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you see anyone in the lower minors blow up and become a Matt Moore in a couple of years?
(Mike from Utica, NY)
I think Bundy has a chance to be very, very good, but he's not going to catch anybody by surprise. Honest answer: No, I really can't (Jason Parks)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Most exciting fastball in baseball? How about most exciting pitch? Aroldis Chapman's fastball from the pen?
(Johnny from SD)
Watching Chapman throw a pen is a lot of fun, but watching guys like Matt Moore in the Future's Game was just as fun. When his power curve morphed into that cut/slider offering, thrown with extreme tilt in the upper 80s, I almost shit my pants with excitement. (Jason Parks)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Projecting 2012 performance only, is Matt Moore a top ten MLB starter?
(George from OH)
Not yet. But getting closer to that in '12 and achieving that distinction in '13 (Jason Parks)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hope you can help me! In an AL-only dynasty league, which of these prospects would you NOT trade for JJ Hardy to fill a dire need at SS - Leonys Martin, Travis D'Arnaud, Dellin Betances, Matt Moore, Neil Ramirez, Anthony Gose
(jtanker33 from Dayton)
If you're all in for this season, then Moore is the only one I'd say is untouchable. That said, you shouldn't need to deal some of these other guys for Hardy either. D'Arnaud and Betances should be taken off the table if at all possible. I'd try to deal Ramirez first. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rapid Fire: Ten fantasy rookies who will make impacts in 2012 (5 pitchers, 5 batters): _______? Go!
(Francois from Toronto)
Okay, rapid fire...
P: Yu Darvish, Matt Moore, Addison Reed, Julio Teheran, Brad Peacock
H: Jesus Montero, Yoennis Cespedes, Mike Trout, Devin Mesoraco, Tyler Pastornicky
There are certainly others that will have impacts too. I actually have an article about fantasy-worthy rookies in the Fantasy Baseball Index magazine that will hit newsstands this preseason, if you're interested in my take on other guys. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Matt Moore in 2012.... and beyond?
(johnsamo from Texas)
He's really good. He throws 95 and has pretty good ability to put the fastball where he wants. His slider is great pitch for whiffs, and though he didn't have to use his changeup much, it looks pretty strong, too.

There's nothing significant not to like about him as far as I'm concerned, though of course he'll have to mature and make adjustments just like every player does if he wants to continue to be a star. (Mike Fast)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Matt Moore have a Felix Hernandez type career, David Price type career, or other?
(Anello from Chicago)
Other. He has a Matt Moore type of career. (Jason Parks)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)More likely to occur: Matt Moore fans 250 over a season (any point in his MLB career), or Bryce Harper hitting 50 HR over a season in the same time frame. Both going to happen?
(Mike from Dover)
Both could happen. That's scary, isn't it? (Jason Parks)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore .... best pitching prospect to hit the majors since __________. (Prior? Wood? Verlander? other?)
(dianagram from NYC)
Kershaw (Jason Parks)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Professor, On my first sighting of Matt Moore on TV for Game 1, I thought he had the most relaxed throwing style for a 97mph fastball I've ever seen. Is it as effortless as it looks?
(Neil Carter from London)
Sure. It's very easy, and with his extension, the 97 looks even faster than that to the hitters. Neftali Feliz might have the easiest FB velocity I've ever seen, but Moore is in the discussion. (Jason Parks)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)So you're saying Matt Moore and Clayton Kershaw were both better prospects than Stephen Strasburg?
(Charlie from Bethesda)
No, I'm not saying that. Strasburg is in his own class. Just using a lefty as the comp. (Jason Parks)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the reasons against starting Matt Moore over Jeff Nieman down the stretch?
(JDanger from chicago)
Because Niemann hasn't pitched badly - Wade Davis and Jeremy Hellickson have higher FIPs, by the way - and because Moore is nearing his innings cap. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-09-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hiya Ben, long time no chat. Do you think the Orioles can annoy the Red Sox enough for the Rays to sneak into the playoffs?
(Fruitbat from New York)
It would be pretty to think so, but I don't see it happening, even given the diminished state of the Red Sox rotation and the awe-inspiring power of Matt Moore. Have the Orioles ever annoyed the Red Sox before? It's certainly not out of the realm of possibility that they could make things interesting, and the shrinking of the margins has made the last couple weeks a lot easier to watch, but in the end I expect that those rooting for an upset will be disappointed. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-08-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)How do you feel about trading prospects in dynasty leagues? Do you have a problem trading a premium prospect or two for a rental if that rental will increase your chances to win a championship this year?
(DS from LA)
Flags Fly Forever. I have traded Desmond Jennings and Matt Moore to win pennants in 2009 and 2010 and I don't regret doing it. (Jason Collette)
2011-08-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you, Jason, for answering my earlier questions. In a dynasty league, do you have a preference for drafting hitting or pitching prospects?
(DS from LA)
I don't even bother with pitching prospects until I see what they do in High A ball. If that means I miss out on a Matt Moore the first time around, so be it. TINSTAAPP should be tattooed into every fantasy player's forearm (Jason Collette)
2011-08-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)You think there's any chance Matt Moore makes a start in September?
(Bryan from The OC)
A 2% chance, at best. They only did it with Price in 2008 because of the post-season contention. Nothing to be gained by throwing him this year other than (what I'd hope would be) a strong night at the gate. (Jason Collette)
2011-08-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Derek, gotta admit I was worried when Marc left, but you've continued to make fantasy coverage a bright spot for the site. Wondering about which call-ups over the next few weeks you think will have the biggest fantasy impact. Specifically, players like Montero who haven't been called up yet and may still be available. Thanks.
(DanDaMan from The Vineyard)
Thanks, Dan. I really appreciate the kind words.

We've seen most of the big names called up over the past couple weeks with guys like Goldschmidt, Lawrie, Trayon Robinson, and others getting the call. A few others still left in the minors that could prove valuable are Montero, Leonys Martin, Brett Jackson (if he continues hitting), Brad Peacock, Devin Mesoraco (if someone gets injured in Cincy), and maybe Matt Moore, especially with Alex Cobb done for the year. (Derek Carty)
2011-07-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)We've seen Matt Moore go from a 4+ BB/9 rate to the 2.5 range this year. Some guys "get it" (throw strikes) and others never see or experience very little improvement in command. What have you been able to identify that might separate the difference? And as a follow-up, if Z Wheeler "get's it", could we be talking about him in 2012 like Moore in 2011? Thanks!
(ShawnG from Cleveland)
Moore just gets better and better, and don't forget, not only is he throwing more strikes, he's also throwing harder, and that's part of what makes him so special. If Wheeler gets it, he's not Moore, as Moore is the best pitching prospect in the game. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-07-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore is to Shelby Miller as Albert Pujols is to _______.
(Matt from Saranac Lake, NY)
Someone really good but nowhere as good as Albert Pujols. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)Best case scenario for Matt Moore in 2012?
(Kevin from Portland)
Is called up mid-June when a starter goes down with an injury to explain ineffectiveness much like what Price did in 09. If Super Two goes away with the new CBA, then Moore could see time before June. (Jason Collette)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)If the Rays deal Shields is there a chance Matt Moore opens 2012 in the bigs?
(Kevin from Portland)
Not unless Super Two is washed away. Price, Davis, Niemann, and Hellickson all started their seasons in AAA and Moore will as well. It is the Rays' way of doing things. (Jason Collette)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)When it comes to fantasy baseball, are you more of a trader or someone who likes to stand pat more often than not? And are you able to quickly forget about bad trades you make and move on, or do you tend to brood over them?
(Dennis from LA)
I would trade away my children if it meant winning a title. I don't do anything in the first six weeks unless someone offers me a very dumb trade on their part, but I will turn over an entire roster if the situation presents itself. I'd even trade Matt Moore for a pennant. (Jason Collette)
2011-06-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Matt Moore a future #1 starter? I think he responded well to being discussed on the podcast, much like Jose Altuve and Tom Verducci's hair.
(mef from Brooklyn)
Yes. Moore has top-of-the-rotation talent. The command will need to get there, and the changeup will need to get there, but yes, I think they will get there. (Jason Parks)
2011-06-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you believe pitchers should be quicker to the majors than hitters given injury risk and there might only be so many bullets in the gun, so to speak? Thinking specifically about Matt Moore: Sure, leaving him down to sharpen his command would be nice but what if his stuff flattens in the process? Legit concern?
(Kevin from NJ)
Has to be player specific. Some arms require more refinement, and some need to be pushed. Some arms just don't look sustainable (health wise), while others are free and easy. It all depends on the player. Development has to be scripted for the individual (Jason Parks)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Aside from Harper, Trout, Montero & Brown, and with Hosmer, Hellockson, Chaoman & Teheran now in the majors, who occupies the remaining spots in the Top 10 at this point.
(commish from nyc)
While I should defer to Kevin Goldstein on this question, I'd have to say Mike Moustakas is right there with those guys. That's five. Then let's say John Lamb, Jameson Taillon, Matt Moore and Shelby Miller. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore or any of the Royals lefties?
(Imperialism32 from NJ)
Matt Moore. (Jason Parks)
2011-02-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ken, who would you say has the better chance to succeed in Roto ball Michael Pineda or Matt Moore? What about Brett Lawrie versus Manny Machado? Thanks -
(Touch em all Joe from Toronto)
Pineda vs. Moore is a tough one, and you can't go wrong either way (though in Strat I'd take Pineda, avoiding Moore's incipient leftiness). Gun to my head I pick Pineda, since pitching in Seattle should really help his raw numbers. Machado is more valuable than Lawrie if he can stick at shortstop. If he moves to third base -- well, I STILL think he's likely more valuable than Lawrie in the long run. (Ken Funck)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Ubaldo for Dom Brown and Matt Moore in a deep keeper? That would mean Johan, Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay, CC, Gallardo, and Wainwright would be my staff? Otherwise, it's cutting Johan or Torii, as referenced above. Thanks.
(Will from Mactaquac)
Do you have contracts/limits on how long you can keep players? Brown is supposed to be great, but he's at a pretty deep position. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Think Ryan Doumit has any trade value? Does a Doumit for Matt Moore swap interest the Rays at all?
(Joe from Altoona)
I like Doumit, and while he has yet to recover his 2007-2008 form, yes, he's got some value even as a .257/.336/.405 hitter. That said, you're barking up the wrong tree as far as hoping for a deal with the Rays, as they've been carrying Navarro, Shoppach and Jaso for a good portion of the year, and are pretty set behind the plate. (Jay Jaffe)

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