The Giants have acquired starting pitcher Matt Moore from the Rays, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Going to Tampa Bay is third baseman Matt Duffy, shortstop prospect Lucius Fox, and pitching prospect Michael Santos, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
In the second half of the season, the Giants’ rotation hasn’t been as strong, with Jeff Samardzija regressing a bit. Jake Peavy and Matt Cain have sometimes been “pray for rain” kind of guys for the team. Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto have been dominant, however.
Adding Moore to the team strengthens that rotation, though he goes to the Giants with a 4.08 ERA and an 4.49 FIP.
Matt Duffy is currently rehabbing an Achilles injury with Triple-A Sacramento. Duffy is currently in a sophomore slump, hitting .253/.313/.358 after a rookie season where he hit .295/.334/.428. Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reported that the Rays have been trying to get Duffy since he was in the minor leagues.
Lucius Fox was an international signing for the Giants last season. Baseball America ranked him as the Giants’ fourth best prospect in the organization after the 2015 season. Fox is currently hitting .207/.305/.277 in Low-A Augusta.
Michael Santos was the 19th best prospect in the Giants organization after the 2015 season. Santos is also in Low-A Augusta where he held a 2.91 ERA and 44 strikeouts to five walks.