It's a done deal, Toronto FC have signed veteran defender Drew Moor as a free agent. The deal was initially reported by Sportsnet four days ago, but doubts emerged shortly thereafter as to how concrete the report was. Several other teams were also interested in his services.
After an offseason rampant with rumours, speculation and deals that have taken a while to get confirmed, this is the first move that has received a stamp of approval from the club. Steven Beitashour, another reported Toronto acquisition, is expected to be confirmed later today.
"Improving our defence is our top priority this off-season and we are very happy to bring Drew to Toronto FC," said Tim Bezbatchenko in a club press release. "Drew brings valuable MLS regular season and playoff experience to our backline. He is a proven winner and a leader with success in our league."
Moor cheques off a lot of boxes in terms of what he brings to the table for Toronto FC, and what they needed to acquire this offseason. He is a proven defender at the MLS level, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. He has won in this league as well, dating back to the 2010 MLS Cup he won with the Colorado Rapids.
Moor has played in over 300 MLS games, 304 to be exact, and in that time has scored 22 goals and added eight assists. He was drafted in 2006 by FC Dallas and spent five seasons there before spending the next seven with the Colorado Rapids.
Most important, however, he is a leader of the backline. This is something that the club sorely missed last season when Steven Caldwell was injured and then retired, and the defence was forced to change consistently week in and week out. It almost certainly contributed in a big way to Toronto's league worst 58 goals against.
All of these attributes won't come cheap, as one can expect Moor's salary to be close to the maximum of $310,500 he can make as a free agent. It is hard to say whether or not this salary is worth it or not before he takes to the field, but for the moment it looks like a strong investment for the club.
The Ex-Rapids defender is just the latest member of Toronto FC's "300 K" club in the centre of defence. Damien Perquis makes $327,500 in guaranteed compensation while Ahmed Kantari makes $345,000. It has been suggested as a possibility that Toronto buy out one of those two players in order to make room for Moor.
Moor becomes the first free agent signing in Toronto FC history, and one of the first in the league as 2015 marks the first class of MLS free agents. The first free agent signing in MLS history took place yesterday when Sporting Kansas City agreed to terms with Justin Mapp, formerly of the Montreal Impact.