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Rays trade Matt Moore to Giants for three players including Matt Duffy

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The Tampa Bay Rays have an opening in their rotation.

The Rays moved starting pitcher Matt Moore and his large contract to San Francisco, getting three players in return.

Coming to Tampa Bay will be infielder Matt Duffy and minor league shortstop Lucius Fox.

The Rays get Duffy, a lifetime .281 hitter (hitting .253 this season). Except for that, they kept to their blueprint and tried to improve their farm system.

Also, the Rays sent outfielder/first baseman Steve Pierce back to Baltimore, where he played in previous seasons, for Class A catcher Steve HeimBrandon Guyer was sent to the Cleveland Indians for two minor leaguers.

Heim is hitting .216 in Class A. His defense has been praised.

Cleveland, trying to find a bat after Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy vetoed a trade, instead turned to Guyer, who is expected to be a situational player for the Tribe.

To get Guyer, the team gave up outfielder Nathan Lukes and pitcher Jhonleider Salinas. Lukes is hitting .299 with five home runs in high A ball. Salinas is 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA.

This year, Guyer hit .241. He was hit by a pitch 23 different times.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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