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UPDATE Jamie Moyer is the the Rockies’ mystery pitcher

Jan 16, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Mystery solved: Renck has updated his story: the mystery pitcher to whom the Rockies have made an offer is … Jamie Moyer. The offer is for a minor league deal.

I picture him taking off a Mexican-style wrestling mask to reveal his identity. Except he doesn’t look like a Mexican wrestler because he’s 49 years old and was never all that buff to begin with.

Anyway, Moyer is trying to latch back on after taking a year off for Tommy John surgery. He went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA with Philadelphia in 2010 and if he comes to Colorado he could theoretically compete for a rotation spot.

Have left arm, will travel.

4:12 PMTroy Renck of the Denver Post says that the Rockies have made an offer to a starting pitcher. But who could it be?  It’s a mystery!

The Rockies are also closing in on signing a veteran starter, creating more depth for a young rotation … O’Dowd declined to reveal the name of the veteran starter that he extended an offer to, only to say it’s not Kevin Millwood.

In other news, “veteran starters who are not Kevin Millwood” would make a great category if they brought back “The $25,000 Pyramid.”  I can just picture Nipsy Russell giving:  “Ahh, Roy OswaltEdwin JacksonJeff FrancisAaron Cook … PASS!! PASS!”

  1. natsattack - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    New take on a familiar theme.

  2. dluxxx - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Is Livan Hernandez under contract?

  3. southcapitolstreet - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Here’s a question: if they manage to sign this mystery pitcher would they have to reveal his identity? Or could he remain a mystery, taking the mound every five days in disguise? Maybe in a ski mask or one of those president masks the bank robbers always wear in the movies.

    • paulsdamnblog - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Hey for post game interviews they could cloak him in a shadow and use a voice modulator to protect his “secret identity”.

    • jwbiii - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Gotta go with a luchador mask
      http://jesseross.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/luchador.jpg

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        I’m thinking V for Vendetta-style.

  4. randygnyc - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Oswalt.

  5. butchhuskey - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Jamie Moyer is so old that 10 years ago the Mariners were making commercials mocking how old he was (seriously).

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Mariners make great commercials: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fVdETLnA9E

      • butchhuskey - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        haha That’s actually the exact commercial I was thinking of- guess it was 6 years ago and not 10

      • cosanostra71 - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:44 AM

        always great to hear Dave Niehaus

  6. cur68 - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    And I’ve suddenly acquired the Rockies as a rooting interest. Jamie Moyer, you stud, you! Go get ‘em, kid!

  7. bowens3181 - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    You look up “Crafty Lefty” in the dictionary, and Jamie Moyer’s wise old mug appears.

    DISCLAIMER: Only works in special dictionaries. That I wrote. And that are in my mind….

    • spudchukar - Jan 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      I have been searching for a good Olde English Dictionaire for some time. Please inform.

  8. natsattack - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    He’s so old he was born in ’63.

    1863

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      The first President he ever voted for was James A. Garfield.

  9. southcapitolstreet - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Unmasked, Old Man Moyer grumbles “and I would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you meddling kids!”

  10. muckthefets23 - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Jamie is a good pitcher but I fear that his time is running short. Also someone may want to check his locker for a trench coat, and a sword hidden in that coat…. There can be only one Jamie, just remember that.

  11. largebill - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    My dream scenario is for Omar Vizquel to get his 3,000th hit off Moyer during Moyer’s 300th win. Not sure I’ll live long enough to enjoy the moment. Omar’s getting 45 hits a year and Moyer is winning (roughly) 12 a year so both are about 3 years away.

  12. mvpolamalu - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    49 and coming of tommy john… Yes please!

  13. aceshigh11 - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    He came on the scene the same year as the Beetles…no, not the band, the life form.

  14. Jonny 5 - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    The Rockies have like 15 guys on their active roster who weren’t born yet when Jamie began his first major league season.

  15. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    If Vizquel retires, Moyer will be the lone player left from the 1980′s.

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