Nov 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2016: 29
How acquired: 16th round pick, 2008 draft
MLB service time: 3 years, 18 days
2015 salary+bonuses: $518,200
Contract status: Arbitration eligible, free agent in 2019
2015 stats: 97 G, 200 PA, 14 R, 38 H, 12 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 11 BB, 45 SO, .203 AVG, .250 OBP, .364 SLG, .614 OPS, 0 E, -1.7 UZR (at 1B), -1.4 UZR (in OF), -1.5 WAR
2015 analysis: This may come as a surprise, but Tyler Moore actually got more playing time this year than in any of his previous three big-league seasons. That was mostly a byproduct of injuries to several regulars — most notably Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth — but it did offer Moore more opportunities to get three or four at-bats per game than he often had in the past.
That didn’t necessarily translate into significantly more production. Moore’s numbers were better when he started (.238/.281/.413) but they still didn’t stand out. And in the field, he was a liability both at first base and in the outfield.
Perhaps most alarming about Moore this season were his struggles against left-handed pitchers. He hit only .204 with a .306 on-base percentage and .732 OPS against southpaws and never did find a groove when summoned off the bench late in games (5-for-46 with three walks as a pinch-hitter).
2016 outlook: Moore already found himself in an awkward position this season, forced to remain on the big-league roster because he was out of options. Now he’ll be right back in that same position next year.
The question is whether the Nationals can justify carrying him on the 25-man roster for another full season. As a right-handed hitter who backs up Zimmerman and Werth, opportunities are few and far between. And the emergence of the left-handed Clint Robinson as a more productive backup at both first base and left field further diminishes Moore’s importance to this team.
The fact Moore is now arbitration eligible leaves the Nationals facing a decision this winter. Is he worth keeping, with his salary likely approaching $1 million and not much of a role likely to be available to him? Combine all that with his lack of minor-league options, and Moore looks like a strong candidate to be shopped around this winter. If general manager Mike Rizzo can’t find any takers, he may have to consider non-tendering the 29-year-old.
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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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