You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down: Baltimore Orioles Sign Former Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Jamie Moyer

By Cody Swartz

Shortly after being designated for assignment and then released from the Colorado Rockies, 49-year old left-handed pitcher Jamie Moyer has signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Moyer was 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA and 11 home runs allowed in 10 starts for the Rockies this year, struggling mightily in his first major league action since 2010. Moyer had previously missed all of the 2011 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He pitched for his hometown Philadelphia Phillies from 2006 through 2010, winning 56 games and helping to deliver a World Series championship to the city.

Moyer currently ranks first among all active major league pitchers in career wins (269), and he has had his fair share of major league highlights, beginning when he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the sixth round of the 1984 draft and most recently, when he became the oldest major league pitcher to earn a win.

Moyer previously pitched for the Orioles from 1993 to 1995, going 25-22 with a 4.41 ERA in 66 starts. He pitched 416.2 innings for the O’s, walking 2.3 batters per nine innings and striking out 5.2. Moyer was at his best with the Seattle Mariners, winning 145 games with the team from 1996 through 2006, including 20 games in two separate seasons. He earned his lone All-Star appearance following the 2003 season, when he posted a 21-7 record and a 3.27 ERA at the age of 40, also finishing fifth in the American League Cy Young award voting.

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