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Rays give rookie 5-year, $14 million deal

Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:14 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 8:18 pm
Matt MooreBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Like the Rays did with Evan Longoria several years ago, the team has locked up a promising young player well before they needed to, reaching a five-year, $14 million deal with pitcher Matt Moore, senior writer Danny Knobler confirms. The Rays also have options for 2017, 18 and 19 and could be worth as much as $39.75 million over the eight years, with escalators that could push it to more than $40 million.

Moore, 22, has started just two big-league games, one of them a playoff game, winning both. Moore made two relief appearances in September before starting against the Yankees on Sept. 22, throwing five shutout innings and striking out 11. He also started Game 1 of the American League division series against the Rangers, allowing just two hits and no runs in seven innings. He also allowed a run in three innings of relief in Game 4. He and the Angels' Mike Trout will be the front-runners for the American League Rookie of the Year in 2012.

Longoria signed a six-year, $17.5 million extension (with three club options) after just six games in the big leagues in 2008.

Moore's deal will buy away two years of arbitration and if he lives up to his potential (with options for the third year of arbitration and first two years of free agency), it could be a major bargain for the Rays. It also gives Moore an immediate raise over the big-league minimum. Moore was an eighth-round pick in 2007 and didn't receive a huge signing bonus.

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Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:16 pm

Rays give rookie 5-year, $14 million deal

This is very smart and that is why this small market team is able to compete.

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:49 am
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Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:26 am

Rays give rookie 5-year, $14 million deal

Two of my minor leagers will be in starting rotation ar the start of the 2012 season Matt Moore and Jarrod Parker pitchers park in oakland? I also have Trever Bauer but with Trever Cahill in starting rotation for the Diamondbacks Bauer wont be up untile sept or 2013. We keep 5 minors in our league I try and find 5 that should play the next year draft around them. So far so good  

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:29 am

Rays give rookie 5-year, $14 million deal

we're very proud of you

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:41 pm

Rays give rookie 5-year, $14 million deal

On this post very few have relpyed. Gose's to show you how many so called sports fans just don't get it This was the best smart move of the offseaon and nobody cares . Can't all be out christmass shoppping? Or it's not a big splash of money. Rookie of the year!!!!!2012 Matt Moore NL rookie of the year Paul Goldschmidt I have Matt and Paul in my league I also have the al rookie of the year in 2011 Hellickson. while in real baseball they go after older utillity players overspend owners money. Me I go after the youth on all teams minor league systum thats why it's their to you so called smart GM'S  Tampa has made the best move great jonb again.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:09 pm

Rays give rookie 5-year, $14 million deal

This was the best move for the money in the off season Matt is a sure thing strikout king. I have Matt in my Minors. Matt will be in rotation at the start of 2012 season and his next contract will be huge!!!!! Albert 250 million to Matts 14 great Job Tampa. The Angels with Trout Segura and Trumbo should have done the same thing here lock them all up load up on bullpen help and  not have spent 250 million on Albert. I'm not saying Albet wont help just not realy a need to overspen on an older player with the youthfull tallent they have. In my eyes Matt Moore is the most impotrant signing great job to Tampa for locking Matt up. As a Yankee fan I'm gealous

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:01 pm

Rays give rookie 5-year, $14 million deal

Rays once again writing the book on how to compete in the big market. You don't need big money to win in baseball, you just need to know how to spend it wisely. This Matt Moore signing is the exact definition of a wise investment, lock up a young stud for cheap while you can and enjoy the bang-for-your-buck on the back end of the deal. If more teams did this and were successful with low budgets, we wouldn't have to worry about whiney fan bases talking about baseball needing a salary cap.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:51 pm

Rays give rookie 5-year, $14 million deal

This signing with Moore is making me feel like the Rays are looking to deal Shields for a big bat. Not only do the Rays have Moore, but they also have Alex Cobb who was exceptional in his few MLB starts last season.   Price, Hellickson, Moore, Davis, Neimann would still be one of the top rotations in the Al.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:37 pm

Rays give rookie 5-year, $14 million deal

You couldn't be more wrong about Longoria.  Longoria has been the #1 3B  in hitting and in fielding. 113 Hrs and 401 rbis over the last 4 years (both more than Arod). Slugging over .500 every year and two Gold Gloves. Other than Arod, there isn't even a close third to Longoria.  And Longoria has outplayed Arod while making 4 million to Arods 126 Million over 4 years.   You will not find another player in baseball who has a WAR to Salary ratio better than Longo's. Longo has been on the DL twice, once after a HBP broke his wrist. That's not injury prone, that's just baseball.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:51 pm

Rays give rookie 5-year, $14 million deal

Low ball offer for Moore and Longoria the way money is flying around MLB these days.  The Rays are cheap but money smart.  Longoria really hasn't played to his potential and is so injury prone for such a young guy.  I hope he can finish his contract but the guy has hardly been the AROD replacement he was touted to be.  Moore is an unknown comodity but the former stockbrokers that run the Rays know more about baseball talent than money lol.  The Rays are pitching rich, maybe Mark Trumbo holds a gun to the Angels head and comes east?

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