Left handed Pitcher Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a contract extension of $14 Million for 5 years, with incentives could be worth close to $40 Million over 8 years. Tampa Bay was impressed enough with his late call-up and playoff performance with the big team that they decided lock in their young ace for a long time. The 22-year-old starter was lights-out in against The Rangers in game one of the ALDS and has now been rewarded for it. Matt was Tampa Bay’s 8th round pick in 2008 out of his New Mexico high school.
Tom Belmont wrote in his Prospect Instinct|Matt Moore, “Moore wasn’t a heralded prospect in his first season until rocketing up the Rays depth chart and into their Top 10 in 2009. We had Moore at #92 overall that season on our 2009 Top 100 Prospects List and then he moved up to #54 the following year. This preseason(2011) he jumped to #12.”
Tampa Bay has a history of great young starting pitchers in their system. The minor league success has given the Rays a boost in the tough AL East. Moore will join the young impressive rotation of James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson, and David Price with Jeff Niemann or Wade Davis filling the fifth spot.
This was a great deal for Tampa Bay and Matt Moore. The Rays take a calculated gamble on an impressive young starter, who could become one of the best in baseball shortly. With 2 team options at the end of the contract, they potentially assure themselves of retaining him for well below market value. For Moore this set him and his family up and he doesn’t have to worry about making league minimum in the event that he blows an elbow or a shoulder out.
We’re as busy as Santa’s Elves writing lists for each MLB team. Expect to see Moore at the top of our Tampa Bay Rays top 10 prospect list soon, as well as somewhere near the top of our upcoming overall top prospect list.
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