The Cleveland Guardians will have one less relief arm available to them moving forward as left-handed reliever Matt Moore has been claimed on waivers by the Miami Marlins, according to reports.
This will be Moore's third team this season and the second time he has been claimed on waivers. While Moore's addition to the Marlins should help them down the stretch, it must be mentioned that he will not be postseason-eligible for Miami due to the timing of the deal.
Cleveland originally claimed Moore on waivers from the Los Angeles Angels at the end of August, along with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. This came at a time when the Guardians believed they could catch the Minnesota Twins in the race for the American League Central division crown.
The Guardians' plan to bolster their pitching staff for a potential run to the postseason was a wise one. Cleveland found themselves in a position where they were featuring four rookies in their pitching rotation in Tanner Bibee, Gavin Williams, Logan Allen, and Xzavion Curry. With the possibility of these young arms reaching an innings limit or finding their effectiveness waning as the season progressed, bringing in a few arms to help lighten the load was the right process, even though it did not work out in the end.
Cleveland's decision to move on from Moore comes when the possibility of Shane Bieber returning to the major league ballclub is on the table. In order for them to add him back to the roster, someone needed to be removed, and a left-handed reliever who made a small handful of appearances was the logical option.
Moore finishes his time in Cleveland with two runs allowed on nine hits (two home runs) while striking out eight and walking two in 4.2 innings across five appearances.