Phillies target #2: Matt Moore (Texas Rangers)
Next on our list is a familiar face for Philadelphia Phillies fans, as Matt Moore spent the 2021 season pitching in the City of Brotherly Love. The left-hander experienced a career resurgence in 2022 as he was primarily used as a reliever for the first time in his career, and the payoff was substantial.
Appearing in 63 games for the Texas Rangers, the former top prospect posted an ERA of 1.95 and held opposing hitters to a slash line of .187/.289/.275 which equates to an OPS of .564. To put this into perspective, opposing hitters had an OPS of .871 off of Moore in 2021.
The move to the bullpen potentially saved the lefty’s career and set him up to cash in on the open market. At 33 years old, you could make the case that Matt Moore still has multiple good seasons ahead of him and could be a bargain for a team in need of left-handed relief help.
Spotrac currently has Matt Moore’s market value set at $3.3 million. So let’s say two years at $5 million per season? That sounds like it could be a great deal for one of 2022’s best left-handed bullpen arms.