Jamie Moyer may call it quits after another elbow injury

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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.

Ken Giles: ‘I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston’

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Blue Jays closer Ken Giles hasn’t exactly turned things around since joining the Blue Jays on July 31, when the club sent embattled closer Roberto Osuna to the Astros. Giles posted a 4.99 ERA in 30 2/3 innings with the Astros, then put up a slightly less miserable 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings with the Jays. Still, he’s much happier with the Jays than he was with the Astros, even after winning the World Series with them last year. He said to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston. It’s kind of weird to say that because I won a World Series with that team. But it’s like, I just felt trapped there. I didn’t feel like myself there. Overall, I felt out of place.”

Giles also said “the communication was lost” with the Astros and it was something that came easy with the Jays. He said, “When I came here, they stayed patient with me. I said hey, I want to work on this thing till I’m comfortable. All right. OK, I’m comfortable, let’s move on to this next thing. Pitching, you can’t just try to fix everything at once. For me, I had to take baby steps to get my groove back. The Jays allowed me to do that. Yeah, the team was out of contention, but it doesn’t matter. It’s still my career. I still have to prove myself. Them being so patient with me, understanding what I want to do, was very, very big.”

Giles, 28, has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining. He has shown promise despite his overall mediocre numbers. In non-save situations this season (with both the Astros and Jays), he has a 9.12 ERA. But in save situations, his ERA is a pristine 0.38. Giles could be a closer the Jays find themselves leaning on as they attempt to get back into competitive shape. Since it sounds like Giles is quite enamored with Toronto and with the Blue Jays, a discussion about a contract extension certainly could be had.