By TED SILLANPAA
Talks aren’t going well, but the San Francisco Giants are on the right track in their bid to acquire Tampa Bay Rays lefthander Matt Moore in the final hour before the trade deadline arrives.
Ken Rosenthal reported that negotiations have stalled between the Giants and Rays. However, talks will continue in San Francisco’s bid to acquire the 26-year-old lefthand starting pitcher.
Meanwhile, the Giants have reportedly acquired lefty reliever Will Smith from the Milwaukee Brewers.The 6-foot-5, 280-pound, 27-year-old is 1-3 with a 1.22 WHIP. The Giants will reportedly send catcher Andrew Susac and 2016 first-round draft pick pitcher Phil Bickford to Milwaukee.
Moore underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2014, so is likely only now getting back to complete health. He is 7-7 with a 4.03 ERA in 21 starts this season. He’d likely be slotted in Jake Peavy’s spot in the San Francisco rotation. While Moore is just 10-13 since returning from elbow surgery, he was 28-15 in 2012, 2013 before his injury. Moore was 17-4 in 150 1/3 innings pitched in 2013.
Moore has a team friendly contract. He is signed through 2017, with a club option in place through 2019. He’ll be arbitration eligible in 2017 after his 5-year, $14 million deal expires.