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Texas Rangers trade rumors: Matt Moore subject of trade talks

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Jon Morosi tweets that the Rangers and Rays are engaged in trade talks involving pitcher Matt Moore

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Texas Rangers trade rumors:  Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, is the subject of ongoing trade discussions between the Rays and the Rangers, according to Jon Morosi on Twitter.  Morosi does says that nothing is "imminent," and so this could be just tire-kicking, or something more serious.

The Rays are currently in free-fall and appear to be in sell mode, with Moore being one of several pitchers, along with Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly, that they are reportedly listening on.  Moore was, at one time, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, a lefty who was viewed as having legit #1 starter potential before injuries de-railed him the previous couple of years.  Moore has a 4.46 ERA in 109 innings over 18 starts this season (before today's start), with 97 Ks against 33 walks (but also a career-high 18 home runs), but has been better of late.

I honestly have no idea what a reasonable price for Moore would be...he's a big question mark, due to the injury history and the recent spotty performance, but if you believe he's back on track and can be something similar to the guy he was expected to be pre-injury, he would be a huge addition.  His contract has options for 2017, 2018 and 2019, at $7M, $9M and $10M, so there's the ability to keep him under team control, at reasonable prices, if he pitches well.