The signing of Jamie Moyer is an interesting move on several accounts. First off, it has to be a record for a team to resign a guy 17 years after they initially released him. Secondly, I'm surprised at 49-years old that Moyer is willing to go to Norfolk for 2-3 starts so the O's can "evaluate him". As strange as it is for a 49-year old to still be playing or pursuing a major league job, it's even stranger that he's willing to go to AAA on something more than a rehab. We're talking about a guy who has won 269 major league games.
I really have no qualms with the Orioles signing him since I'm not convinced Arrieta, Hunter, Tillman or Eveland are any kind of answer as a consistent starting pitcher. Saying that, I'm not convinced he has anything left in the tank. Moyer was getting hammered once hitters hook off there early season rust and it wasn't just at Coors field where he actually pitched better than in away ballparks.
Moyer is average less than 80 MPH on every one of his pitches including 77.4 MPH on his fastball. In retrospect, RA Dickey throws his Knuckleball at 76.7 MPH.
As nice of a story as it would be, I just don't see how Moyer will be able to pitch effectively in the American League, not to mention in the AL East. Maybe he can be an effective long guy, but I don't see how a pitcher who hasn't been successful since 2008 will be able to help out this season.
It's a no lose situation for the Orioles and I'm fine with DD adding deep depth to the organization, but at the end of the day, I don't see Moyer helping the Orioles.
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