Jamie Moyer has been designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies, a move that might end the 49-year-old’s career.
About six weeks after becoming the oldest starting pitcher to win a game in major league history, Moyer will now become a free agent. At a news conference on Wednesday, the veteran of 25 big league seasons claimed that he would like to continue playing but in the immediate term he will head home for his son’s high school graduation.
Moyer missed all of the 2011 season while recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, but was picked up by the Rockies before the season and given another chance to play.
In 10 starts this season Moyer had a 2-5 record with a 5.70 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. He has a career record of 269-209 with a 4.25 ERA.
On April 17, Moyer became the oldest pitcher in major league history to earn a win, with a 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres. Moyer was 49 years, 150 days old that day, breaking a record that had been held since Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers got a win on September 13, 1932. Quinn was 49 years, 70 days old.
On May 16, Moyer became the oldest player in major league history to record an RBI, when he singled in two runs in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks. On that day Moyer was 49 years, 180 days old and he broke the record previously held by Julio Franco who was 155 days younger when he set the record in 2007.
Moyer’s stuff was pretty terrible this season, but he’s smart enough to still get outs in the big leagues. That said, playing in Colorado was a terrible match for the soft-tossing lefty. In a pitcher-friendly park he might be able to continue his career.