Miami Marlins just lost a relief pitcher to free agency

Matt Moore is leaving The Fish to return to the Los Angeles Angels

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Spring Training is only three weeks away. It's time for the Miami Marlins to start making moves and improving the team's shaky offense. In the meantime, it wouldn't hurt for the team to improve the bullpen as well. So far however, the team is losing players rather than adding them. The Los Angeles Angels signed RP Matt Moore for 1 year/$9 million. Moore of course finished the 2023 season with The Fish. Is it a bad loss?

The Miami Marlins lost relief pitcher Matt Moore to free agency, as he bolted to Anaheim

The Fish acquired the lefty relief pitcher at the Trade Deadline. Matt Moore debuted as a starting pitcher and pitched from 2011 to 2016 with the Tampa Bay Rays. From 2011-2015, 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 the 2016 season between Tampa Bay and the San Francisco Giants. He produced 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. He continued with San Francisco in 2017, when he produced a 5.52 ERA/4.75 FIP, with 7.6 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 in 32 games and 174.1 innings pitched.

Matt Moore moved on to the Texas Rangers for the 2018 season. He ended up getting demoted to the bullpen, as he produced a 6.79 ERA/5.25 FIP, with 7.6 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 39 games and 102.0 innings pitched. Moore moved on to the Detroit Tigers in 2019, but only pitched in 2 games due to injury. He moved on to the Philadelphia Phillies for the 2021 season. He produced a 6.29 ERA/5.76 FIP, with 7.8 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9 in 24 games and 73.0 innings pitched.

Matt Moore switched to full-time relief and spent 2022-2023 with the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland Guardians and the Miami Marlins. He produced a 2.20 ERA/3.29 FIP, with 10.2 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9, in 113 games and 126.2 innings pitched. Specifically with the Miami Marlins, Moore produced a 0.00 ERA/3.26 FIP, with 6.8 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 4 games and 4.0 innings pitched.

Well, Matt Moore barely pitched for The Fish and had a high walk rate. He did however produce good results with everything else. We're talking about 4 innings of work for the 34 year old, so it's not as if the team lost a major part of the team. I understand not wanting to pay him $9 million for 1 year, so I'm fine with the Miami Marlins on passing on matching that contract.

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