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Mariners Should Kick the Tires with Jamie Moyer: A Fan’s Opinion
Jamie Moyer(notes) threw in front of a couple of scouts that included representatives from the Seattle Mariners. The session intended to show that Moyer is ready to return to Major League Baseball after going through Tommy John Surgery, and it seems that he is ready to take the mound again. This is where the Mariners should step up and offer him a Minor League contract.
Moyer's pitching session got called "excellent" by people in attendance, and this makes it seem like he is ready to get back to his old tricks on the mound again. Moyer isn't the type of pitcher to blow away hitters with a great fastball, but he has always been great at changing speeds and finding specific locations around the plate. Any team that offers him a new contract though, will be fully aware that Moyer is about to turn 49 years old.
Most Mariners fans remember Moyer quite well, because he was one of the pitchers that helped the team get to 116 wins back in 2001. He went 20-6 with a 3.43 ERA over 209 2/3 innings that year. He would improve upon that record with a 21-7 finish in 2003 and an ERA of just 3.27. He became an All-Star for the Mariners in 2003, and proved himself as one of the most reliable pitchers in the starting rotation. From 2001-2005 Moyer had at least 32 starts every year.
Moyer finished with a 145-87 record with the Mariners before getting traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2006 season. He would get a World Series ring with the Phillies , and now has 267 wins over a 24-year career. Moyer always took very good care of himself, but ended up missing the entire 2011 season because of the surgery on his arm. Now he is ready to play baseball again, and the Mariners should step up to grant him that wish. The team should offer an incentive-heavy Minor League contract that gives him a chance to make the starting rotation during Spring Training 2012.
The franchise doesn't need to promise him anything, but giving him a shot could make up for the trade in 2006 that sent him to the National League. Moyer would have been content finishing his career in Seattle, but the front office had decided that it was time to get what they could in the trade market. The Mariners got Minor League players Andrew Barb and Andy Baldwin in return, but there is a reason that no fan knows who those guys are now.
Offering Moyer a chance to join the rotation would bring a great veteran pitcher on to a roster packed with youth and would create a great story for the press to run with. Give Moyer a chance and maybe he can nail down that fifth spot in the rotation.
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*Ryan is a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan who never misses an opportunity to attend a game at Safeco Field. He has been attending games since 1985, and has fond memories of The Kingdome, Edgar Martinez, and the historic 1995 team. Sodo Mojo!
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