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Blue Jays sign Jamie Moyer to minor league contract

Jun 26, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

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In the wake of yet another injury to a starting pitcher Monday, the Blue Jays have signed 49-year-old Jamie Moyer to a minor league contract.

Moyer requested and received his release from the Orioles last week after going 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Norfolk. He was 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA before being let go by the Rockies last month. The Blue Jays will send him to Las Vegas for now, though what exactly he has to prove there is anyone’s guess.

The Jays are very shorthanded in the rotation with Brandon Morrow, Kule Drabek and Drew Hutchinson all on the DL, and Henderson Alvarez left Monday’s game against the Red Sox with a sore elbow. If Moyer isn’t of use immediately, he probably won’t look any better in a week or two.

So, it might be that the minor league deal is just a technicality and that he’ll be added to the roster to start this weekend. There isn’t any other reason to have him around.

  1. ddjesus - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Jamie Moyer’s farewell tour is going through every city…

    • missthemexpos - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      Certainly not the conventional way of having a farewell tour through each city.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    If we’re going to have senior citizens Vizquel and Moyer on this team we might as well have just kept Vlad, too.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:51 AM

      Vlad was too young. He just looked old.

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:02 AM

        Speaking of Vlad, you gotta admit that Jamie instills great pride in all of the undead.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Better Moyer than Guthrie.

    • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:03 AM

      Not to change the subject or anything, but how was that fried milk pudding? I haven’t come across that one yet. If it was any good, you ought to tell me the name of the sushi bar and where it is for my next trip up.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:40 AM

        It was good as always. 168 Sushi is a small chain of All You Can Eat Japanese restaurants in the Toronto burbs and in Ottawa. The best one is close to York University. Tell the managers that Paul sent you. They know me.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    For now the Jays have guaranteed Moyer nothing. He will start in Vegas and will have to prove that he can still pitch. Scott Richmond has been called up. Richmond is a starter, but initially was penciled in for long relief. With Laffey starting today, Richmond might see some action right away.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:03 AM

      Prove? Moyer went 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA and now you want him to pitch in hitter friendly Vegas? Ouch!

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:45 AM

        Small sample size! If he can prove that he can pitch in Vegas, he can pitch in the AL East.

      • bravojawja - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

        And if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.

    • paperlions - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      …because Vegas is a great place to evaluate pitching?

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:36 AM

        If you can have an ERA under 4.00 in Vegas, you should be able to pitch in the AL. Jesse Chavez is the exception.

  5. randygnyc - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    By all means, sign Moyer. Just make sure he starts a few times against the Yankees.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Moyer against Hughes? Which team would hit the most home runs. Moyer against Pettitte would be fun to watch. The AARP game of the week.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    God i hope the jays bring this guy up, did i mention i predicted the jays to finish Last in the AL East this year back in march?

  7. Chris K - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    This is great. I leave for Toronto tomorrow from Halifax and would love to see Moyer pitching to Pujols and Trout while Vizquel was playing SS. Was REALLY hoping Vlad would be in the OF to maximize the number of HOFers I could see at once.

  8. bjtmeyer - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    I’m glad to see Moyer getting another chance. I think it would be cool to see this guy pitch until he is 50. Seeing something like this probably won’t happen again in my lifetime (I’m 31) and if it does I will probably be old and senile anyways.

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