SAN FRANCISCO – Matt Moore is 5-14 this season. He hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record since April 10. His 5.39 ERA is the highest in the National League among all full-time starting pitchers.
Some teams would pay a player with those statistics to go away. The Giants, for several reasons, will exercise their $9 million option to bring Moore back next season.
Giants GM Bobby Evans had telegraphed his intent for months but made the declarative statement on Moore in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. Even Moore acknowledged he had his doubts before he saw the GM’s comments Saturday morning.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about where I’m going to be next year,” Moore said. “I’ve had the type of season that myself and Bobby and the entire front office and the team wasn’t expecting.
“But understanding there’s now a vision with me being a part of turning the ship around and getting off to a better start next year, that gives me a lot of confidence heading into not only the last two weeks of the season but into the winter time. They didn’t have to make that decision for another six weeks or so.”
The Giants have several glaring needs and won’t have much to spend this winter before they nudge against the competitive balance tax threshold, which they are determined to stay under to avoid penalties as a multiyear offender. They could have freed up $8 million by declining Moore’s option, and giving him a $1 million buyout, instead.
But the price of durable starting pitchers remains prohibitive, and the Giants see their best path to a 2018 turnaround coming through the stability of their rotation. To that end, they view…
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