Considered a potential non-tender candidate this winter, Tyler Moore, 28, and the Washington Nationals have reportedly agreed on a 1-year/$900K deal for the 2016 season, avoiding a tender/non-tender decision and the potential need to go to arbitration.
Moore, a 2008 Nationals' 16th Round pick, was out of options at the start of the 2015 campaign, but he made the major league roster out of Spring Training and stuck around all season (with a short DL stint the only interruption), posting a .203/.250/.364 line with 12 doubles and six home runs in 97 games and 200 plate appearances.
As a starter, the veteran of four major league seasons spent time at first and in left field, putting up a .238/.281/.413 line in 36 games and 135 PAs and he put up a .109/.180/.217 line with two doubles and a home run in 50 PAs coming off the bench as a pinch hitter.
In his four seasons with the Nationals, the right-handed hitting and throwing infielder/outfielder, who made his debut as a relief pitcher last season, made $518,200 on a deal he signed with the Nationals last March.
MLBTraderumors.com projected a $1M salary for Moore.
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman was the first to report on the Nationals and Moore's deal for 2016:
tyler moore, nationals settle at 900K— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 2, 2015
Moore was one of eight arbitration-eligible Nationals this winter along with pitchers Craig Stammen, Drew Storen and Stephen Strasburg, catchers Jose Lobaton and Wilson Ramos and infielders Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon.
The Nationals have until midnight to make decisions on tendering contracts to the remaining arbitration-eligible players.
Any chance that Stammen, who suffered a torn flexor tendon early last season, but is already back throwing and has been an important part of the bullpen as a middle reliever, or Lobaton, who has struggled offensively while backing up Ramos, are non-tendered today?
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