Jamie Moyer Still Looking For One More Shot

After just two starts in Class AAA, Jamie Moyer's been released by the Blue Jays, his third organization this season... but he says he wants to keep pitching.

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Jamie Moyer: 'I'm Not Retired'

Two weeks ago, Jamie Moyer was released for the third time this season (Rockies, Orioles, Blue Jays).

And so now he’s got time to play golf! That’s what retired people do, often. But Moyer says he’s not retired! Tom Mahon:

JAMIE MOYER wanted to make it clear. So clear that he said it twice:

“I’m not retired. I’m not retired,” he said Wednesday at a news conference at the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament at Lake Tahoe, Nev. “I’m just kind of laying in the weeds and just trying to figure out what’s going on.”

(“JAMIE MOYER” is in caps in that quote because those were the first two words of the article, a stylistic device, not the writer trying to make any kind of point.)

Moyer went on to say that he doesn’t see himself coming back as a relief specialist, only as a starter or long reliever. He’s got his agent out looking for a spot, but “so far there aren’t any takers.”

Enough teams are looking for pitching that someone might take a flyer on him. He’s out there! Playing golf! But he wants to play baseball again! Won’t you please help, major-league GMs?

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Blue Jays Release Jamie Moyer, 49

Is it over?

Moyer's now got more releases (3) than major-league wins (2) this year.

At 49, that's not a good thing. Or for that matter, at 39 or 29.

Moyer, who opened the season in the Rockies' rotation, has now been released by the Rockies, the Orioles, and the Blue Jays. Moyer seemed like a good fit with Toronto, as that club went through a stretch of losing starting pitchers like Spinal Tap loses drummers.

But Moyer started only twice for the Jays' triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, and racked up an 8.18 ERA.

Will he find a fourth employer this summer? It seems unlikely. In his defense, Moyer's got a brilliant strikeout-to-walk ratio in 27 triple-A innings this season. But he also gave up four home runs in those 27 innings. More to the point, there's a big difference between following triple-A hitters and surviving against the big leaguers.

Then again, Moyer couldn't be any worse than Jonathan Sanchez ...

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Jamie Moyer Signs With Blue Jays

The ongoing 2012 road show of veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer is now heading north of the border, as the 49-year-old lefthander signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays:

So, before he pitches for the Jays in Canada, he’ll head to the bright lights of Vegas. This sounds like a movie script, or at least the basis for a Jack Kerouac-style novel.

The Blue Jays could use the pitching help, as they had several starting pitchers go down with injuries within a very short period of time. If Moyer shows up well in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, the Blue Jays could very well give him another major-league chance.

Moyer threw well in three starts for Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles’ organization, posting a 1.69 ERA and issuing just one walk in 16 innings. If he throws that well in Vegas… what happens in Vegas probably won’t stay in Vegas.

For more on the Blue Jays, please visit Bluebird Banter.

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Jamie Moyer Granted Release From Orioles

Jamie Moyer requested and has been granted his release from the Baltimore Orioles, the team announced Saturday. His brief stay with the organization consisted of three starts for Triple-A Norfolk, where he posted a 1.69 ERA (0.68 WHIP) with 16 strikeouts in 16 innings.

Despite the fine numbers, Moyer simply wasn't needed at the big-league level. The team asked the 49-year-old veteran to make at least one more start for Norfolk, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed on Friday, but he apparently declined. Once again a free agent, it's likely that Moyer will continue to seek another big-league job.

Moyer opened the season with the Colorado Rockies, posting a 5.70 ERA (1.73 WHIP) in 10 starts before being released earlier this month. He signed with the Orioles on June 6 with the understanding that he'd make three minor-league starts before being re-evaluated.

For more on the Orioles, please visit Camden Chat.

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Baltimore Orioles Sign Jamie Moyer

The Jamie Moyer saga isn’t over yet:

The Orioles are currently tied with the Rays for first place in the AL East, though they have slipped a bit, losing seven of their nine games going into Wednesday. And two of their starting pitchers, Tommy Hunter and Jake Arrieta, have ERA's well above 5.

This is a minor-league deal and there’s no guarantee Moyer will pitch anywhere but Norfolk. He last pitched in the minor leagues in 1997, when he made a rehab start at Tacoma while with the Mariners.

It will also be Moyer’s second stint with Baltimore, if he makes it back; he pitched for the Orioles from 1993 through '95.

In 1993, one of his teammates with the O's was Fernando Valenzuela.

For more on the Orioles, please visit Camden Chat.

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Colorado Rockies Release Jamie Moyer

There’s been no official news release from the Colorado Rockies, but according to CBS Sports’ transaction page, the inevitable has happened, summed up in one simple line of digital type:

Colorado Rockies | Jamie Moyer | Released

In fact, according to the page, it happened Sunday, quietly, on a weekend when no one was watching. This wasn’t unexpected after Moyer was designated for assignment last Wednesday; he’s obviously cleared waivers and the Rockies had no interest from other teams in trading for him.

Moyer still wants to pitch, and given the dearth of starting-pitching options for many teams that have injury issues, it seems quite likely that Moyer will get some offers, or at least inquiries. He pitched pretty well at Coors Field this season; if a pitcher can do that, it would seem that a team with a big ballpark (since Moyer has allowed 11 home runs this season) might find him helpful.

We await developments. So does Moyer. He’d surely like to go out of baseball on his terms, not via “Released.”

For more on the Rockies, please visit Purple Row and SB Nation Denver.

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Rockies Replacing Jamie Moyer With Josh Outman

Jamie Moyer was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies, partly because he was getting hit hard, and partly because he didn't have a long-term future on a team that had set fire to the short-tem. And the Rockies have found their replacement for Moyer in Josh Outman, who will start on Friday. From MLB.com:

"The way it was put to me was that this isn't going to be a spot-start," Outman said. "It's going to be the first step in stretching me out to be a starter for the long haul."

Outman hasn't pitched more than an inning in relief this season, so his start on Friday will likely be a short one. But the Rockies seem committed to the experiment, and he should get more than one start.

Outman was acquired from the Athletics in the Seth Smith trade, and he has a career 3.92 ERA (108 ERA+) in 156 career innings. He posted a 1.29 ERA in seven minor-league appearances this year.

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Jamie Moyer Says He Still Wants To Pitch

The Colorado Rockies designated Jamie Moyer for assignment on Wednesday, and that could be the end of Moyer’s career.

Or maybe it won’t. While Moyer was getting hit hard — a 5.70 ERA — half of his 10 starts could be characterized as at least “decent”, and several big-name pitchers, including Ubaldo Jimenez and Tim Lincecum, currently have higher ERAs than Moyer.

So is this the end for Moyer? Not if he can help it:

Asked if he is interested in trying to continue to pitch, Moyer said “I am.”

For now, though, Moyer has a few days to kick back.

“I’m going to go home (Wednesday night) and go to a high school graduation on Saturday," he said in reference to the coming event for Hunter, his second-oldest son. "His team (Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego) is in the playoffs so after the graduation we will to go a baseball game."

So maybe he can treat this as a bit of an in-season vacation. The 10-day DFA period means that other teams might contact the Rockies with interest. There are teams that have pitching issues at this time. Somehow, I don’t think the final chapter of Jamie Moyer’s MLB career has yet been written.

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Rockies Designate Jamie Moyer For Assignment

It was a nice story. Jamie Moyer turns 50 in November. He was still pitching for a major-league baseball team. After a spring-training invitation and a good spring, the 49-year-old lefty made the Colorado Rockies' rotation, and that meant he got to set all sorts of records whenever he pitched. He was the oldest player to record a win. He was the oldest player to record an RBI. He was the oldest player to allow a home run to a guy who threw his bat at the ball.

But on Wednesday, he became the oldest player to be designated for assignment:

Moyer had a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts with the Rockies, allowing a league-high 75 hits in 53 innings. He also allowed 11 home runs, which is a lot even by Coors Field standards. With the Rockies looking to get their young pitchers some innings in the rotation, Moyer was clearly expendable.

But it's worth a moment to stop with the silly jokes (which we've all made) and think about how incredible it was that Moyer could get even a single out in the major leagues. He was born in the same year as Oddibe McDowell, Danny Tartabull, and Wally Joyner. Kevin Seitzer, Darren Daulton, Darryl Strawberry.

He's 12 days older than Bo Jackson.

And he was designated for assignment, not put to sleep. He could still pitch. He probably doesn't have a lot left, but it's possible. Here's hoping ...

To replace Moyer in the rotation, the Rockies called up Carlos Torres, a 29-year-old right-hander who had a 2.45 ERA and 32/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 33 innings at Colorado Springs.

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