Kim Ng has been shaking up the Miami Marlins bullpen for a while now. It's been change after change lately. With two weeks to go before the season ends, it seems that The Fish may have finally settled on an acceptable bullpen mix. Kim claimed a relief pitcher that we were hoping that she would've. The relief pitcher? Matt Moore from the Cleveland Guardians.
The Miami Marlins claimed relief pitcher Matt Moore from the Cleveland Guardians.
The Cleveland Guardians are not going to the playoffs this season, so finally started to waive their players, or at least one specific player. They waived relief pitcher Matt Moore, who they earlier claimed from the Los Angeles Angels. Moore will now be playing for his third team this season, after only pitching for Cleveland for a couple weeks.
Matt Moore is a 34 year old lefty who started his career as a starting pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2011. From 2011 to 2015 he produced a 3.82 ERA/4.05 FIP, with 8.5 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 75 games and 410.0 innings pitched. He split 2016 between Tampa and the San Francisco Giants, producing a 4.08 ERA/4.17 FIP, with 8.1 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 33 games and 198.1 innings pitched.
From 2017 to 2022 Matt Moore was mostly pitching in relief. He played for the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies. He produced a disappointing 5.21 ERA/4.66 FIP with 8.1 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9, in 160 games and 433.1 innings pitched.
Matt Moore has so far split 2023 between the aforementioned Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Guardians. He had a 2.66 ERA/3.76 FIP, with 10.0 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 41 games and 44.0 innings pitched with the Angels. He had a less impressive 3.86 ERA/3.90 FIP, with 15.4 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in 5 games and 4.2 innings pitched with Cleveland.
Moore is not an elite reliever, but he's a good enough lefty to hopefully stop the constant Miami Marlins bullpen shake-ups. Matt Moore is in his contract year so should do his best to earn a multi-year contract.