I like a great story of a wily veteran still pitching in the big leagues at 50 as much as the next guy, but I still hope this report that the Pirates are interested in soon-to-be-49-year-old free agent Jamie Moyer doesn't come to anything.â†µ
"Same as he’s been for the past 15 years — as incredible as that may sound," one veteran scout said. "He has a chance to pitch in the big leagues as a fifth starter and win 10 or 12 games. He’s throwing 81 to 83 miles an hour, but he still knows how to make you look like an idiot. He doesn’t need the money. But I think he has that fire burning in his belly" ...â†µ
Good for Moyer for never giving up, and I do hope he catches on somewhere - but I'd prefer that be with some other team. He really wasn't all that good with the Phillies in 2009 and 2010, and that was the last time he pitched in the big leagues. Since then, he's had Tommy John surgery, and he's gone from being ancient in baseball terms to downright prehistoric. Add all that to the fact that he currently throws in the low 80s, and there's really no upside in signing him. The Pirates' rotation is a big enough joke right now without adding a curiosity like Moyer to the mix.â†µ
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