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Jamie Moyer agrees to minor league deal with Rockies

Jan 18, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

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The veteran left-hander has found a new home.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, Jamie Moyer agreed to a minor league contract on Wednesday evening with the Colorado Rockies.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Moyer will presumably get a shot at landing a spot in the Rockies’ starting rotation. He’s 49 years old and coming off Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but Moyer should be at 100 percent health when camp opens next month and he registered a respectable 4.84 ERA and 1.10 WHIP across 111 2/3 innings in 2010 for the Phillies. If he can’t cut it as a starter at Rockies camp, he might be open to accepting a long-relief role. The deal could also contain an early-summer opt-out clause.

Moyer owns a 4.24 career ERA and 1.32 career WHIP over parts of 24 major league seasons.

  1. Bryz - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    You may want to fix Jamie’s first name in the headline.

    • Drew Silva - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      D’oh. Thanks.

  2. grapes911 - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    I was hoping he’d sign a minor league deal with the Phillies. He’s been working out at their facilities. This is a no risk deal. Why not sign this guy?

    • wlschneider09 - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      C’mon HB, get off the high horse. There were plenty of worse pitchers in the majors in 2010, and plenty more last year.

    • wlschneider09 - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      He’s not taking up a roster spot. He’s signed on a minor league contract with an invite to ST. I would guess that he’s got a verbal agreement that this is a tryout, if he can’t cut it he just retires at the end of ST.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      If he makes the team, he makes the team, meaning the guys who didn’t were not as good as he was. There really is no “taking up a roster spot” in this situation. If he were just rubber stamped onto the roster after having played there for years, then I could see your point. This is a minor league contract with a new team. No misplaced loyalty there.

      I like that Jamie is going to get a shot to go out on his own terms.

  3. sanzarq - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Well, I, for one, hope he does well enough to make the team. I’ve enjoyed watching him hang around the last decade or so. I love finesse lefties!

  4. jwbiii - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    • cur68 - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      This.

  5. aceshigh11 - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Awesome…I’d love to see him pitch in the majors this season. Why not?

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Atta boy Jaime! Keep playing and getting paid until they don’t want ya anymore!

  7. Utley's Hair - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    You go, Jamie. Good luck and go out on your own terms. Keep racking up those Social Security eligible quarters!!!! Just remember to head back to the Bank when it’s time to start coaching for good.

  8. mjay424 - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Jamie Moyer has much to offer the Rockies. It just that it might be as a mentor, showing young Rockies’ pitchers and prospects how to think, work and approach hitters. In that regard, he might prove to be a big (minor league contract) signing.

    Coming off Tommy John surgery and being 49 years old, his ability to get big-league hitters out might be severely compromised, even as a soft-tossing pitcher.

    Hard to root against Moyer. The Rockies know this is low risk with both tangible and intangible upside, but they also know it’s more the latter.

    Rockies’ Analyst (google)

  9. Jonny 5 - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Because he’s so F^%$ing AWESOME!!!! Basically. He’s going to be inducted into the Hall for sure. The Hall of AWESOMENESS!!

    • pedrohof - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Jonny 5, please say you’re joking. If not, wake up from your dream and review his stats. Poor wins, poor win percentage, poor ERA, Poor strikeouts. Where is this guy HOF material??!

      • dluxxx - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

        He said Hall of Awesome, not Hall of Fame. He gets my vote for HOA.

      • winkeroni - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        Johnny 5 wasn’t commenting on the Hall of Fame but the Hall of AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!! The Hall of AWESOMENESS!!!!! is so awesome that the word AWESOMENESS!!!! must be in caps and followed by at least 2 exclamation marks.

      • kcq101 - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        pedro – The Hall of AWESOMENESS has a much different set of criteria that is considered for induction.

        Such criteria is not apparent on the back of a baseball card. Elias is still struggling in their pursuits to identify and quantify Awesome, at its basic level, similar to the CERN scientists pursuits in confirming the existence of the Higgs boson particle, thought to endow other particles with mass.

        What we do know, is that Moyer is a first ballot shoe-in soon after he (dare I say) retires.

        And one of the best parts of the HoA is the fact that there are no performance enhancing debates. You can’t cheat to be awesome. You just are. No questions.

        See also, Matt Stairs.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        LMAO! pedrohof, please just support Moyer going into the hall— of AWESOMENESS!! If you knew anything about baseball, you’d surely agree. ;)

  10. bubba703 - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Great to see an AARP member pitch professional ball, but I suspect once batters realize his 65mph changeup is actually his fastball, he won’t last long. Best of luck to him,

    • shutupyoufuckingidiots - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      He’ll just throw even softer.

  11. raysfan1 - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    As long as he’s active, there’s a major leaguer who’s older than me. Go Jamie!

    • loungefly74 - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      yes! great comment. man…i was 12 when he broke into the league. yeah, i can only root for jamie. the nostalgic factor is just immense with me. love it. good luck jamie.

    • jwbiii - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      The last one for me was Julio Franco :)

  12. thefalcon123 - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    366 players in 2011 who had a plate appearance were born during or 1986.
    Jaime Moyer went 7-4 with a 5.15 ERA that year on a team that included Ron Cey, Davey Lopes, and Gary Mathews Sr.

    • Jonny 5 - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      And Maddox. And Sutcliffe.

  13. foreverchipper10 - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Moyer was out celebrating his 21st birthday while I was busy being born. What a world.

    • pedrohof - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      OK Guys, I’m not familiar with the Hall of AWESOMENESS!!

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        The hall of AWESOMENESS!! was created just after Lefty O’Doul was deemed not Hall of Fame worthy (still debatable). Lefty, much like Jamie Moyer, was AWESOMENESS!! epitomized.

      • thefalcon123 - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        There is nothing debatable about Lefty O’Doul and the hall of fame. He had 3,600 career PA’s. He had a nice .945 OPS, but in possibly the best offensive environment in baseball history: the Baker Bowl in late 20’s, early 30s. Everyone hit .330 in those days (35 players qualified for the batting title in 1930 and hit .330 or better!).

        Putting Lefty O’Doul in the hall would be like putting Matt Holliday in the hall for what he did by the end of 2009. He was a good player for a very short period of time. How good he was is exaggerated by his era and ballpark.

      • jwbiii - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        O’Doul is in this Hall of Fame
        http://english.baseball-museum.or.jp/baseball_hallo/list/syllabary.html

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        I knew someone would take the bait Falcon. 11 seasons and a .349 BA, .413 OBP. I mean this is exactly what the voters look at isn’t it? BA, OBP?

  14. ghult - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    A lot of jocks never grow up. Maybe he is incapable of earning a living any other way? Good luck but come on give me a break!

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