Now all but certain to stay with the club for the rest of the season, the veteran left-hander gets back to business on the field when he faces the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
At age 42, Moyer is enjoying another excellent season. Although he slumped to a 7-13 record and 5.21 ERA in 2004 after winning 21 games two years ago, Moyer is back on track with a 9-3 mark this season.
That prompted several playoff hopefuls to contact the Mariners about his availability before Sunday’s trade deadline, but Moyer reportedly nixed a trade to Houston using his rights as a 10-year veteran who had been with his team for five years. The left-hander may have also rejected a deal that would have sent him to Atlanta.
Not wanting to leave familiar surroundings was apparently a big issue for Moyer, who’s in his 10th year with Seattle and enjoying one of his best stretches of the season. He’s won three straight decisions, and the Mariners have won each of his last five starts. Moyer, who pitched at least six innings in those five games and lasted eight in three of them, will be trying to beat the Tigers for the second time in a week.
The Mariners will be depending on their ace to get them a win after dropping three of four to Cleveland over the weekend. The Indians clinched the series Sunday with a 9-7 victory at Safeco Field.
While the Mariners kept their ace, the Tigers did not hold on to their one-time closer.
The Tigers had offered a three-year contract, according to team president Dave Dombrowski, who said Farnsworth was determined to test free agency after the season.
“Our preference is we wanted to sign him,” Dombrowski said. ”… When someone is not even willing to give a counteroffer, that doesn’t make me very confident. Our hands were basically tied.”
Dombrowski’s team dropped its fourth straight Sunday, 5-2 at Oakland. Detroit was swept in a series of at least three games in Oakland for the first time since 1994.
The Tigers finished 1-5 on their West Coast road trip to fall four games under .500.