Jamie Moyer underwent three different surgeries this offseason and turned 47 in November, but he’s not yet thinking retirement. He spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Andy Martino on Saturday:
“The way I look at it, why limit myself? If I would have limited myself
at 29, when I was released for the second or third time, I wouldn’t be
playing. That was what, 18 years ago? If I would have believed what they
said, you know, ‘take a coaching job, and if something comes up for you
with another job you can take it.’ If I would have followed that route,
I would have never known what these last 18 years would have brought
Moyer posted a respectable 4.94 ERA and 1.36 WHIP last season and clearly still has a deep love for the game. The Phillies obviously view him as a contributor, whether in the starting rotation or out of the bullpen, because they signed him to a two-year, $16 million contract extension one month after his 45th birthday.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired starter Chris Heston from the Giants. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Heston, 28, logged only five innings in the majors this past season as he battled an oblique injury and otherwise spent most of his time with Triple-A Sacramento. Heston was solid out of the Giants’ rotation in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA with a 141/64 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings over 31 starts.
Heston will be under team control through 2021. He’ll provide depth for the Mariners’ rotation in the meantime.
Joe Nathan‘s agent, David Pepe, says his client wants to pitch in 2017, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “He’s like the Energizer Bunny,” Pepe said.
Nathan, 42, came back from Tommy John surgery in July, pitching two scoreless innings for the Cubs with four strikeouts and two walks. The Cubs released him and the Giants picked him up, and Nathan went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings down the stretch with five strikeouts and two walks.
According to FanGraphs, Nathan’s velocity wasn’t where it used to be, which is to be expected of a pitcher in his 40’s coming back from major elbow surgery. Still, with teams always on the hunt for bullpen depth, it would be shocking if Nathan didn’t get any bites before spring training starts.