Jamie Moyer’s amazing comeback for the Rockies appears to be over, as the starter has been DFAed by the Rockies today. The news was first reported by Tracy Ringolsby of ROOT Sports Denver.
The 49 year-old Moyer was signed by the Rockies this offseason, recovering from Tommy John surgery a year ago. Shockingly, he made the team’s rotation out of Spring Training, but was very mediocre in the regular season. Moyer had a 5.70 ERA this year (second highest of his career, second to only the 1991 season Moyer spent in St Louis), and struck out 36 while walking 18 in ten starts, totaling 53 2/3 innings. Playing in the thin air of Colorado, the home run troubles Moyer has had over his career (1.15 career homer rate) were spiked even more, allowing 1.84 per nine innings, the second-highest total of his career.
Moyer set a number of “oldest player” marks this year with the Rockies, most notably “oldest pitcher to win a game”. If this is the end of his career, he’ll finish with 269 wins, a 4.25 ERA, and a World Championship in 2008 with the Phillies. I really can’t see any team making a play for Moyer in their rotation at this stage in his career, so this is likely it for him.
Colorado’s rotation has been pretty awful this year, with only Juan Nicasio being worth at least one win above replacement. New acquistion Jeremy Guthrie has flopped in the mountains, while established starter Jhoulys Chacin has also been a disappointment. Youngsters Alex White and Drew Pomeranz have also had substantial difficulties, but Christian Friedrich has looked good in his four starts. Whatever the Rockies do, it will likely be a trying rest of the season for them, because this pitching staff doesn’t look like they’re going to get anything done, with or without Moyer. It only makes sense for them to go in a younger direction at this point in time.
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