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Moriarty alum, MLB vet Moore to play in Japan

Moriarty High alumnus Matt Moore pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Moriarty High alumnus and veteran major league lefty pitcher Matt Moore is heading to Japan to play for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball the team has announced and reported.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports the contract is for $3.5 million guaranteed, and Moore can make up to $6 million.

Moore, 30, pitched 10 scoreless innings to begin the 2019 season with Detroit, then missed the rest of the year after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. He has a 54-56 lifetime record with a 4.51 earned-run average. His best season was in 2013, when he went 17-4 and earned an All-Star berth with Tampa Bay.

Moore signed with the Rays after they chose him in the eighth round of the 20067 amateur draft. He played with Tampa Bay from 20111-16, with San Francisco in 2016-17 and Texas in 2018 before his abbreviated stint this past season with the Tigers. (Click here for his career statistics.)

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