Moyer granted his release (updated)
Veteran Jamie Moyer asked for and was granted his release on Saturday, effectively making him a free agent again as the Orioles decided the 49-year-old lefty wasn’t in their immediate plans.
“We just decided as an organization we were going to go with the other pitchers that we have here,” said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who signed Moyer to a Minor League deal earlier this month. “We also have some depth in starting pitching at Triple-A.”
Moyer, who was released by the Colorado Rockies in May, signed with the Orioles earlier on the grounds that he would have a three-start audition with Triple-A Norfolk. And while he fared well, going 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA, the improved performances of fellow Tides’ starters Chris Tillman and Zach Britton –coupled with the team’s pair of offdays within five days – didn’t bring a pressing need for Moyer to join the big-league club.
“We’ve been talking about it for really three days,” manager Buck Showalter said of the possibility of Moyer being activated. “All things considered with us it felt like with some of the things going on with our organization’s pitchers, without mentioning names, we feel like we have the potential to have some depth there. We feel like we have some options.”
“We tried to explain the timing of the two off days to Jamie and his rep, but I understand Jamie’s urgency as well,” Duquette added. “He wants to win as many Major League games as he can.”
Moyer missed the entire 2011 recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, and — after making the Rockies Opening Day roster — he was released at the end of May. He is 269-209 with a 4.25 ERA in his 24-year career, having played for eight Major League teams, and Showalter is rooting for that to become nine.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pitching for somebody shortly,” Showalter said. “Personally just out of respect for his career and the things he’s done, I hope it happens.”
Others aren’t as optimistic regarding Moyer, who became the oldest pitcher in Major League history earlier this season to win a game.
“I think he’s had a remarkable career, and I thought he was 50, not 49,” said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. “But, I mean, no I don’t think anybody is going to pick him up. Maybe as a pitching coach. But he’s a poster boy for a lot of us old folks. So I wish him well.”