San Francisco Giants Clear Payroll by Trading Moore to Texas

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Perhaps a return to the American League will turn Moore's luck around as his trade helps the Giants refuel their depleted farm system, and opens up a portion of their payroll.

San Francisco last month exercised Moore's $7 million option for 2018.

John Shea also reported that Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was a possibility to be moved, but Pence has a no trade clause and according to Alex Pavlovic, they have not asked him to waive his no trade clause.

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He was 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 2017. He struck out nearly 12 batters per nine innings in 2017, but allowed 36 hits and 21 earned runs in 32 innings.

Moore, 28, is coming off a awful season.

Moore would be the fourth lefty in the rotation, joining Cole Hamels, Martin Perez and Mike Minor. Pence is entering the final year of a five-year, $90 million extension he signed following the 2013 season. Texas general manager Jon Daniels has said the club intends to use Minor as a starter.

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Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta the best three free agents, but they should land deals around $25 million a season. Despite playing home games in the pitcher-friendly AT&T Park, Moore led the NL in earned runs allowed.

Wolff pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 2017 and split the year between Double-A and Triple-A. If the Rangers take all of Moore's salary for 2018, the Giants would save $9 million. In Triple-A, he owned a 2.38 ERA, 1.147 WHIP, and struck out 32 batters in 22.2 innings.

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