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Roster review: Tyler Moore

Nov 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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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.

  1. jfmii - Nov 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    A fine baseball player but not good enough for the Majors.

    • veejh - Nov 15, 2015 at 1:26 PM


  2. Another_Sam - Nov 15, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Another AAAA player, I regret to say b

  3. chaz11963 - Nov 15, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    We met him in Miami during a Nats Destination trip. He is really quite a nice young man. He said he wanted to go home to Mississippi and be a farmer when his baseball career ends. It is just too bad he can’t seem to play consistently well at the MLB level. I would be surprised if Rizzo can find get any kind of a return for him in a trade.

    • ArVAFan - Nov 15, 2015 at 11:16 AM

      Agreed. I expect a non-tender, although maybe he can catch a minor league contract with another team who thinks “maybe with a different coach/hitting approach/more playing time” he could be a useful backup. Or maybe he’ll just go back to MS. Either way, I don’t expect to see him in Viera.

  4. trfwans - Nov 15, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    It’s amazing that this guy managed to hang on to a roster spot all season. Rizzo had to have had his finger on the DFA button several times as someone like Werth or Rendon or Zim was due to come off the DL, and then at the last second someone else got hurt and Moore was spared. No one will want him on trade, though, so the non-tender knife will get him for sure and he’ll have to hope that some other team will give him a non-roster invite to spring training, where if fortune continues to shine on him he’ll become their version of Chad Tracy or Kevin Frandsen.

  5. ehay2k - Nov 15, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Sad because he certainly has potential. But he was blocked here from developing and was out of options. At least he made 500k that he can put towards his farm. I just don’t see many MLB teams wanting to give up anything for him. But, should he get DFA’d, the Barves seem to pick up all our leavings!

    Waiting for news…… Zzzzzzzzz…….

  6. mwgchess - Nov 15, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    On an unrelated note, what do you guys think of this potential dodgers rotation.
    1. Kershaw
    2. Greinke
    3. Price
    4. Zimmerman
    5. Ryu

    • unkyd59 - Nov 15, 2015 at 2:55 PM

      You probably meant “Zimmermann”…?

    • Sonny G 10 - Nov 15, 2015 at 2:58 PM

      I doubt Greinke remains with the Dodgers.

      • mwgchess - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:46 PM

        There is very little chance this rotation will actually happen, but it is pretty cool if it does.

    • jfmii - Nov 15, 2015 at 3:18 PM

      What did I miss?

    • chaz11963 - Nov 15, 2015 at 4:56 PM

      You really think the Dodgers will write those checks for Greinke, Price, and ZNN???

      • mwgchess - Nov 15, 2015 at 8:05 PM

        Again, I don’t think this will happen. All I am saying is it would be really cool. Plus, If anyone has the money it would be the Dodgers.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Nov 15, 2015 at 6:26 PM

      If you put together the ‘best rotation in baseball’ you’re sure to win the World Series, right?

      • mwgchess - Nov 15, 2015 at 8:09 PM

        I’m pretty sure the Royals didn’t have the best rotation in baseball 🙂

        However, that rotation would be the best in baseball by an enormous margin. So yes, I think a AA offense would win the world series with that rotation.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Nov 16, 2015 at 12:14 AM

        I think you missed my tongue-in-cheek reference to the 2015 Nats.

  7. Sonny G 10 - Nov 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    I really like Tyler Moore, but no place for him on the Nats. I think he’ll be gone one way or another before the Nats head north next spring.

  8. rgsie - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Tyler is great with a bat but belongs in the American league.

  9. edshelton2013 - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    An MLB analyst was speculating that JZimm could go to the Ori-holes. Duquette was quoted as saying they’d like to re-sign Chris Davis and a “#1 or 2 starter”. They would never pay Grienke-type money, so Zimm could be within their budget.

    • virginiascopist - Nov 15, 2015 at 5:57 PM

      I’ll believe it when I see it. With Wieters having accepted the QO, I just don’t think they can afford both Davis and what would amount to a TOR starter. Besides which, JZim is going to have lots of suitors with lots of money, and I’m sure his preference is to be closer to home. I see him going to the Cubs (or possibly the Cardinals since they’ve lost Lance Lynn for the year).

      • senators5 - Nov 15, 2015 at 10:43 PM

        If JZ doesn’t sign with the Red Sox, I see him in Chicago, either team or with St. Louis. The Brewers I don’t believe, have the cash he will command. He has made it clear that he would really prefer to be closer to home His past enables him both the cash and team selection, I still wish he would re-sign here, but that is wishful thinking at best. As for TM, nice guy and may get an another opportunity with a second division AL team where he could when needed best or a bench PH.

    • DaveB - Nov 16, 2015 at 7:42 AM

      Every year Duquette talks about the big FAs he’d like to sign, and then when push comes to writing a check, Angelos backs off and tells him to find someone to rehabilitate. I’ll be shocked if either of those end up in Balt.

  10. tcostant - Nov 16, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Think he’ll be traded, Clint Robinson and Moore are redundant.

  11. Joe Seamhead - Nov 16, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    I’d like to see a better defensive backup 1B than Tyler or CRobb.

  12. langleyclub - Nov 16, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    In the AL, Moore could have a season like Steve Pearce did last year. Moore has legit MLB power, and he has dominated AAA when he played everyday.

    Always have been a big fan, but he is a bad fit for this ball club as the starting lineup already:

    1) is right hand dominant;
    2) strikes out too much;
    3) is weak defensively;
    4) doesn’t steal bases.

    Those are traits that Moore possesses; so, he brings nothing to enhance the starting lineup coming off the bench. CRob will be the backup first baseman/left-handed bench bat. Den Dekker or another left-handed bat (who can hopefully run and play above average D) will take Moore’s spot next year

  13. hummel26 - Nov 16, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    The team can’t keep Moore any longer. He’s a mediocre backup at this point and not worth anything above the minimum. If he had a window, it’s now closed. Hope he catches on somewhere, but time to move on.





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