For all the thousands of words written and spoken about Johnny Cueto’s future with the Giants, little has been said about one of his rotation mates, Matt Moore, whose fate is up in the air as well. The difference is, the opt-out in Cueto’s contract puts his future in his hands. The Giants will make the call on Moore. This organization has long lived by the credo that it cannot have too much pitching, so chances are the Giants will exercise Moore’s $9 million contract option for 2018, which then gives them a $10 million option for 2019. That is dirt cheap in today’s baseball economy for a pitcher good enough to miss a no-hitter by one out and pitch eight innings of two-run ball in a playoff game weeks later, as Moore did for the Giants in 2016. However, that Moore was missing in 2017 until a three-start stretch against the Nationals, Phillies and Brewers in August that yielded a 2.21 ERA. He got hammered for five runs in San Diego in the start after that. When the Giants last week moved Moore to the bullpen temporarily, no doubt to keep him off the mound at Coors Field, the side of the brain that wonders if the Giants will decline his option had to perk up. Moore returns to the rotation for Friday night’s series opener against the White Sox in Chicago, and he wants to stay there in 2018 rather than seek a change-of-scenery bump elsewhere. “Yeah, absolutely,” Moore said in Denver this week. “This is by far on paper the best group of professionals, where they’ve been. It’s a very impressive list of guys to be part of. Guys have had serious playoff runs. Some are six, seven, eight years into their careers.
Will Giants exercise option on Matt Moore for 2018?
San Francisco Chronicle | Sep 8