Matt Moore, Rays agree to deal

Updated: December 9, 2011, 7:25 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached agreement with rookie pitcher Matt Moore on a guaranteed five-year, $14 million contract, the team announced Friday afternoon.

The deal includes three club options and could extend to eight years for $39.75 million and buy out two years of Moore's free agency, a source said. It includes escalator clauses based on innings pitched and games started that could raise the overall value to $40 million.

"Matt is one of the most talented young players in ...

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