Moore's $14M deal with Rays heavily backloaded

Updated: December 12, 2011, 10:27 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Moore's $14 million, five-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays is heavily backloaded, with the team paying a total of $3.5 million over the next three years.

Moore's deal would be worth $37.5 million over eight seasons and includes escalators that could increase the total to $39.75 million depending on starts and innings from 2014-18.

The deal calls for a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $1 million in each of the next three seasons. Moore's salary ...

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