Miami Marlins DFA a relief pitcher

Matt Moore
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The Miami Marlins are going to the playoffs! In other great news, the National League batting champion has returned to the team as well! With all of these good news coming the team's way, it's a little sad to say that one member of the team will not get to enjoy this experience. Relief pitcher Matt Moore has been designated for assignment. Why? Who is replacing him?

The Miami Marlins designated relief pitcher Matt Moore for assignment.

Matt Moore had quite a lengthy career in the Major Leagues. He pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2011 to 2016. He then pitched for the San Francisco Giants from 2016 to 2017. He then moved on to the Texas Rangers in 2018. He then pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 2019; the Philadelphia Phillies in 2021; and the Texas Rangers again in 2022. He produced a 4.45 ERA/4.33 FIP, with 8.2 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in 268 games and 1041.2 innings pitched.

Matt Moore split 2023 between the Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland Guardians, and the Miami Marlins. He started the season with the Los Angeles Angels and produced a 2.66 ERA/3.75 FIP, with 10.0 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9. He was traded mid-season to the Cleveland Guardians, producing a 3.86 ERA/3.90 FIP, with 15.4 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9. He was clearly not that good control-wise with Cleveland. Cleveland gave up on the season and traded him to the Miami Marlins.

Moore produced an excellent 0.00 ERA/2.92 FIP, with 6.0 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9, in 3 games and 3.0 innings pitched. Why would The Fish DFA him? The answer is simple: according to the rules, he was acquired too late in the season to be eligible for the playoff roster. As his replacement, The Fish called up Ryan Weathers to replace him.

Ryan Weathers has been terrible this season, producing a combined 7.32 ERA/6.37 FIP, with 6.6 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 in 14 games and 51.2 innings pitched. Let's hope that he does better for the Miami Marlins this time around. I'm not thrilled by this situation, and wonder if it's time to change that rule.

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