|2012 Regular Season|
The 49-year-old Moyer agreed to a minor league deal last month. The Blue Jays said at the time that Moyer would make two starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, then Toronto would decide whether to bring him back to the majors. Moyer gave up seven runs over six innings in his second start on Tuesday, and Toronto announced his release on Thursday. He was 1-1 with an 8.18 ERA at Las Vegas. Moyer was cut by Baltimore and Colorado earlier this season.
The Blue Jays say Moyer will make two starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, then Toronto will decide whether to bring him back to the majors. Manager John Farrell says there are no guarantees, but Moyer is worth at least a look. The Blue Jays have lost three starters to injuries this month. The agreement is similar to the deal Moyer made with Baltimore earlier this month. Moyer made three starts for the Orioles in the minors and was offered a fourth, but declined.
After being designated for assignment by the Rockies after going 2-5, Moyer subsequently signed a minor-league contract with Baltimore on June 6. The deal came with the stipulation that he would make three starts with Triple-A Norfolk, and after that the Orioles had to promote him or grant his release. Moyer went 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA over 16 innings at Norfolk. The Orioles liked what they saw, but the timing just wasn't right to add him to the rotation.
The Colorado Rockies released Moyer at the end of last month, a little over a month after he became the oldest pitcher to win as a starter. On April 17, Moyer earned the win with the Rockies in a 5-3 victory over San Diego to become the oldest starter ever to win in the majors. Moyer is 269-209 with a 4.25 ERA in his 24-year career, playing for eight teams. He pitched for the Orioles in 1993-95 and missed the 2011 season following reconstructive elbow surgery.
The 49-year-old Moyer said in a news conference Wednesday that he still had hopes of continuing his career elsewhere but his immediate plan was to return home and attend a son's high school graduation. Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Moyer of the team's decision in a meeting earlier Wednesday.
Last month, Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a major league game. He has pitched against 11 current big-league managers, including Miami's Ozzie Guillen, who went 4 for 22 against Moyer in his career. Moyer first pitched in the majors in 1986. He was 8-2 at the Marlins' former home, Sun Life Stadium.
Moyer gave up five runs and seven hits over five innings and struck out seven. He is winless in four starts with a 6.43 ERA since breaking former Dodger Jack Quinn's record as the oldest pitcher to win a major league game.
Moyer is 1-2 with a respectable 3.14 ERA, but shows signs of vulnerability. Opponents are hitting .308 off the 49-year-old left-hander and and he has a strikeout to walk ratio of just 16:9.
Moyer was sharp all evening as he picked up his 268th career win, tying him with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer for 34th on the career list.
Moyer (0-2, 4.22 ERA) surrendered four runs, two of them earned, and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked one, struck out three and hit a batter before leaving to a standing ovation in the sixth.
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