Moore, of course, spent the 2018 season pitching very poorly for the Texas Rangers after the Rangers acquired him and international draft pool money last winter from the San Francisco Giants for Sam Wolff and Israel Cruz, in what was basically a salary dump for the Giants. Moore, a former top prospect with the Tampa Bay Rays who the Rangers had had interest in for years, was coming off a poor 2017 campaign and was considered a reclamation project for the Rangers. Instead of reclamating, however, Moore got worse in 2018, lost his rotation spot, and ended the year with a 6.79 ERA in 102 IP, with 86 Ks against 41 walks and 19 home runs.
The Tigers will now take a shot at trying to see if they can unlock some of Moore’s past potential. Detroit is in pretty much the same situation the Rangers are right now, paying the price after spending almost a decade as a consistent contender that made win-now moves and handed out big contracts in an effort to keep their window open. Moore is the type of pitcher the Rangers, in their situation, would likely look at as a potential buy-low opportunity had he not just been a disaster for the team in 2018, and thus it makes sense the Tigers would see what they can do with him.