Giants beat the buzzer, pick up Matt Moore from the Rays

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Update #2 (4:23 PM EDT): The third player going to the Rays is Michael Santos, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Santos was rated #24 in the Giants’ system by MLB Pipeline.

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Update (4:21 PM EDT): The Rays are also expected to receive third baseman Matt Duffy and minor league infielder Lucius Fox. MLB Pipeline rated Fox as the Giants’ fourth-best prospect.

Duffy, 25, finished second in National League Rookie of the Year Award balloting last season, putting up a .762 OPS. He hasn’t been the same this year, putting up a meager .253/.313/.358 batting line with 17 extra-base hits, 21 RBI, and 32 runs scored in 286 plate appearances. Duffy has been sidelined since June 20 with a strained left Achilles.

Fox, 19, was rated the fourth-best prospect in the Giants’ system. In his professional debut with Single-A Augusta, he has hit .207/.305/.277 with 25 stolen bases in 331 plate appearances.

Chris Shaw was previously reported to have been included in this trade, but he is not, Jon Morosi clarifies. It’s Duffy, Fox, and an as yet unnamed player for Moore, per ESPN’s Buster Olney.

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The Giants made a move just ahead of the 4 PM EDT trade deadline buzzer, picking up lefty starter Matt Moore from the Rays, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Moore, 27, posted a 4.08 ERA wtih a 109/40 K/BB ratio in 130 innings over 21 starts for the Rays this season. The lefty returned last year after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Moore is earning $5 million this season and has club options for each of the next three seasons worth $7 million ($2.5 million buyout), $9 million ($1 million buyout), and $10 million ($750,000 buyout), respectively.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.