Orioles sign Moyer to Minor League deal

The Orioles announced that they’ve signed veteran left-hander Jamie Moyer to a Minor League contract and he will start for Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday in Buffalo. The 49-year-old was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week and subsequently cleared waivers, allowing the Orioles to sign Moyer for his second stint in the organization.

“I think he’s committed to two or three starts and we will see where he’s at,” manager Buck Showalter said of the terms of the deal. “From what I understand talking to [executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette], he mentioned his name a few days ago.”

Moyer was invited to the Rockies’ Spring Training after missing the 2011 season following elbow surgery, made the starting rotation and went 2-5 with a 5.70 earned run average before being designated.

He is the oldest pitcher in Major League history to record a win. In his last victory on May 16, a 6-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Moyer pitched 6 1/3 innings, and allowed one earned run on six hits while striking out five.

Moyer pitched three seasons for Baltimore, from 1993-95 and went 25-22 with a 4.41 ERA in 75 games (66 starts).His 25-year baseball career also includes time with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, Moyer has a 269-209 record and a 4.25 ERA over 4,074 innings pitched. He made one All-Star Game appearance, in 2003.

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Why not. Cheap, can still pitch and I hope he wants to be a pitching coach. We could use one. Our young guys are not flourishing under Adair.

I’ve already heard sports host ripping the move and cracking old jokes but I like the move. Not for Moyer’s ability on the mound but the knowledge he brings to the table. Cole Hamels credited Moyer for improving his game. Moyer might be the guy who can mentor the rotation.

Good move Orioles. Moyer is a smart guy who knows how to pitch. Adair just doesn’t seem to be getting thru to these guys so how about something that hasn’t been heard of for a long while – “player/coach” for Moyer. Don’t judge it until you see how it would work. First student for Moyer – Matusz.

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