2) Matt Moore is even less of a lefty specialist for the NY Mets to consider signing
Matt Moore remains a bit of a wild card because of his history. Until 2022, he had primarily been a big league starter until some failures led him to a relief role. The transition was a wise choice. As a member of the Texas Rangers in 2022, Moore was superb.
Numbers include 74 innings in 63 appearances, a 5-2 record, 1.95 ERA, and 10.1 strikeouts per 9. It seemed like a no-brainer decision for him to shift to a relief role after such a rough campaign a year earlier with the Philadelphia Phillies. Was this a mirage or is Moore following in the footsteps of many other pitchers?
Like Chafin, splits were reversed for Moore in 2022. The old way of thinking may be a dead art in the sport. The three-batter minimum rule in place makes it necessary for relievers to know how to retire batters from both boxes.
Moore held righties to a .165/.282/.255 slash line while lefties were more successful, batting .243/.310/.324. Once again, maybe the Mets feel it’s not so necessary to target a lefty who was better against right-handed hitters last year.
Because he was a starter as recently as 2021, Moore can give the Mets length out of the bullpen. It might be a little redundant to sign him for a role like that considering they already employ Joey Lucchesi and David Peterson who could do the same. Nonetheless, Moore is worth checking in on.