Jamie Moyer’s 2012 debut was less than stellar.
Making his first start since the 2010 season, the 49-year-old left-hander surrendered five hits and four runs (three earned) in five innings Saturday evening against a light-hitting Astros lineup.
Moyer’s control was fine — he walked just one and fanned two — but his slow-moving deliveries looked far too hittable at times and he was taken deep by both Jordan Schafer and J.D. Martinez.
The Rockies aren’t expecting the veteran southpaw to be anything more than an innings-eater this year, but it’s not a given that he’ll be able to meet those already-low expectations. Then again, it’s way too early to say anything definitive. How’s that for hard-hitting analysis?
Your Saturday box scores:
Rockies 3, Astros 7
Nationals 7, Cubs 4
Blue Jays 7, Indians 4 (12 innings)
Braves 2, Mets 4
Royals 6, Angels 3
Red Sox 0, Tigers 10
Cardinals 0, Brewers 6
Giants 4, Diamondbacks 5
Twins 2, Orioles 8
Rockies 3, Astros 7
Phillies 1, Pirates 2 (10 innings)
Marlins 8, Reds 3
Yankees 6, Rays 8
White Sox 4, Rangers 3
Mariners 8, Athletics 7
Dodgers 6, Padres 5 (11 innings)
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.