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Rangers move struggling Matt Moore to bullpen

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Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers have moved Matt Moore to the bullpen and pitching prospect Yohander Méndez will be called up from Triple-A Round Rock to start on Friday.

Moore, 28, has been abysmal this season, posting a 7.88 ERA with a 41/26 K/BB ratio in 56 innings over 12 starts and one relief appearance. The Rangers acquired him along with international bonus slot money in December from the Giants for two minor leaguers.

Méndez, 23, made his major league debut in 2016 but is still rated as the No. 7 prospect in the Rangers’ system by MLB Pipeline. In 16 innings in the majors, the lefty has a 7.31 ERA with seven strikeouts and five walks. Méndez struggled for Triple-A Round Rock this season, compiling a 5.26 ERA with a 40/23 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.