The Rays locked up late season callup and top prospect Matt Moore to what will hopefully end up being an eight year deal. They get Moore for five years at $14 million and there club options for 2017, 2018 and 2019 that would up the overall amount of the deal to just under $40 million.
These deals always have their downsides but Moore is a potential stud. By the end of the five years, he could be a $25 million pitcher by then. The Rays are getting him in those last three option years for just $13 million a year and if Moore goes down to injury, then they don’t take the option. It also gives the team cost certainty and they’ve locked up a few of their stars in this way.
Right now, Moore is the MLB.com’s third best prospect. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are the only guys ahead of him.
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