Jamie Moyer, the 49 year old left hander who became the oldest major league pitcher to win a game, has been designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies this Wednesday. The all star hurler was released to make room for some of the younger talent on the Rockies to show their stuff.
Moyer told the Denver post before today’s game against the Houston Astros,
“It’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s part of the business. It’s all about putting up results.”
Moyer showed up to spring training this year under a minor league contract. He played so impressively that the Rockies gave him the chance to join their rotation. Moyer is 2-5 this season with a 5.70 ERA. As of now the clock is ticking because the Rockies have 10 days to trade Moyer or release him from his contract.
The Denver Post had written earlier in the week that Moyer is doing just fine in the Rockies rotation and looks like any number 5 starter on a good team does. The issue is that the Rockies are so far removed from being a good team that they aren’t even in the same ballpark. This means it is time for some of the Rockies farm talent needs to be promoted to determine who has the skills to start for them next year.
Moyer has indicated he still feels he has the ability to compete in the majors and would not be opposed to joining another team, depending on if there is any interest. Moyer has played 25 seasons in the major leagues and has a 269-209 record.