PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies are starting pitching before spring training begins in two weeks. The club announced on Wednesday that they have signed left-handed Matt Moore on a one-year deal worth $ 3 million. A source told MLB.com that it has signed a $ 4 million one-year deal with right-handed Chase Anderson.
PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies are starting pitching before spring training begins in two weeks.
The club announced on Wednesday that they have signed left-handed Matt Moore on a one-year deal worth $ 3 million. A source told MLB.com that it has signed a $ 4 million one-year deal with the right-handed man
The 31-year-old Moore took the lead 6: 3 in Japan last season with 2.65 ERA in 15 starts. He hit 98 and went 26 in 85 innings. Anderson, 33, went 53-40 with a 3.94 ERA and 4.54 FIP in 166 appearances (160 starts) from 2014-19 with the D-Backs and Brewers, but 1-2 with a 7.22 ERA in 10 appearances (seven starts). last season with the Blue Jays. Both will compete with Spencer Howard, Vince Velasquez and others for the final two spots in the Phillies rotation behind Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin.
Moore could be a nice comeback story for the Phillies. Considered one of the top three baseball players alongside Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, Moore took the Rays 17-4 in 2013 with 3.29 ERA in 27 starts. The All-Star-Team of the American League finished ninth for the AL Cy Young Award. He went 29-17 with a 3.53 ERA in 63 appearances (61 starts) from ’11 -14, but sustained an elbow injury and had surgery from Tommy John in April 2014.
Phillies signed LHP Matt Moore to a one-year contract.
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Moore, who was Phillies General Manager Sam Fuld’s teammate in Tampa Bay from 2011 to 2013, was 25 to 39 years old and had an ERA of 5.13 in 118 appearances (90 starts) after surgery. He threw 10 scoreless innings in two starts with the Tigers in early 2019 but sustained a knee injury at the end of the season. In December 2019, he signed a one-year contract with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.
It’s a small sample size, but Moore’s average fastball speed in those two starts with Detroit (92.9 mph) was the highest since 2016 (93.4 mph). Moore maintained his speed in Japan, occasionally hitting 95 mph on the radar gun.
Anderson’s fastball speed dropped from 93.3 mph in 2019 to 92.4 mph in 20, but he still had the best strike and walk rates of his career. But the Batters also threw more balls at him than at any point in his career. His barrel percentage (16.2) was the highest in baseball (at least 100 balls in play).