The Phillies have already made it known that they have little desire to re-sign veteran lefty Jamie Moyer this offseason. But it might not matter anyway.
According to Dionisio Soldevila of Tiempo de Juego, Moyer suffered an injury to his throwing elbow while pitching Saturday in the Dominican Winter League. It’s the same injury that cost him half of the 2010 season and now it might cost him his career.
Moyer had a nice 4.84 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 19 starts this past season for Philadelphia, but he will turn 48 later this month and he might not be back to full health by the start of spring training. Even if he is, there’s a good chance that his elbow will blow out again in 2011 and few MLB teams will want to risk a guaranteed contract on the veteran.
If Moyer truly wants to continue pitching, a minor league deal with no guaranteed roster spot might make sense. He currently boasts a 267-204 career win-loss record, 2,405 career strikeouts and a 4.24 career ERA.
It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.
Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.
That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.