Longtime Seattle Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer will attempt to pitch in the majors next year at the age of 49. Moyer, a free agent, has not pitched in the big leagues since July of 2010. Last winter, he underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his left elbow.
Moyer has never been the type of pitcher to blow opponents away with velocity – actually that’s an understatement: Moyer throws slower than any non-knuckleballer in the majors, but that does not mean he can’t be effective.
At a tryout in front of scouts last week in the San Diego area, Moyer earned excellent reports. One Mariners’ blogger, Dave Cameron of the site USSMariner, thinks signing Moyer for a return to Seattle is a no-brainer.
“This should be the most obvious transaction of the winter,” Cameron wrote.
Cameron proposes that Moyer would sign for a minor league contract and notes that Moyer still lives in Seattle. (Seattle residents can also still see him in commercials for All Star Auto Glass and Brown Bear Cash wash wearing a uniform that strongly resembles the Mariners’.)
Moyer pitched in Seattle from 1996 to 2006, and had his best seasons with the team. If he comes back in 2012 he will be the fourth pitcher to appear in a major league game at the age of 49, joining Hoyt Wilhelm, Jack Quinn, and Satchel Paige.