The world champion Phillies just re-signed former Orioles pitcher Jamie Moyer to a two-year deal probably worth around $20 million. It was likely a forgone conclusion that Moyer would re-sign with the Phillies. Even though he is 46, he led the staff in wins this past season with a 16-7 record and a 3.71 ERA in 33 starts — the eighth straight season he started 30 games or more.
But I would have thought other teams might have pursued him — he’s the ideal (save for the senior citizen status) free agent pitcher, a veteran with a reliable track record who would require only a two-year commitment.
I know it probably would have not been a wise use of money considering where the Washington Nationals are, but I would have loved to see Moyer come here. He is a stand-up guy and would truly have been a great mentor to the young pitchers in the organization. Moyer will be a better bargain than A.J. Burnett, who the Braves pursued and who the Yankees landed with a five-year, $82.5 million deal. Burnett is one shoulder twitch away from being Carl Pavano.
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