Orioles grant release to 49-year-old Jamie Moyer

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The Orioles were hoping that Jamie Moyer would make one more start in the minors before possibly joining the major league roster, but that won’t happen. The team just announced that Moyer asked for and was granted his release.

Moyer was released by the Rockies earlier this month after posting a miserable 5.70 ERA over 10 starts. The 49-year-old left-hander quickly latched on with the Orioles on a minor league deal and pitched well during his time with with Triple-A Norfolk, posting a 1.69 ERA and 16/0 K/BB ratio in 16 innings across three starts. However, the Orioles weren’t prepared to add him to the major league roster.

It’s not clear if Moyer has any leads with other teams, but if history is any indication, we shouldn’t count him out just yet.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.