Oct. 23, 2006
PHILADELPHIA (MLB.com) - How long will Jamie Moyer pitch?
At least until he's 45, as far as the Phillies are concerned.
Philadelphia signed the veteran on Monday to a two-year contract extension worth $10.5 million plus incentives, guaranteeing that he'll celebrate his 45th birthday in red pinstripes. The lefty will turn 44 on Nov. 18.
Moyer was an effective part of the Phillies rotation after arriving in an Aug. 20 trade from Seattle, going 5-2 with a 4.03 ERA. He went at least six innings in all but one of his outings, and allowed just one run in three of his six September starts.
The 2006 season was his sixth straight with at least 200 innings pitched and his eighth in the last nine.
"Jamie was one of our more effective pitchers down the stretch," general manager Pat Gillick said in a statement. "He was an asset to our ballclub not just for his performance on the field, but also for his presence in the and might still include Randy Wolfclubhouse."
A native of Sellersville, Pa., Moyer, 43, attended St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. A 1985 graduate of Saint Joseph's, Moyer holds SJU pitching record for strikeouts in a season and ERA. A 1999 Saint Joseph's Athletics Hall of Fame honoree, he and his wife, Karen, live in Seattle with their six children.
At the end of the season, Moyer said he planned to play in 2007, and liked his situation in Philadelphia. But because he lived in Seattle and had many interests on the West Coast, that distance was going to play a factor.
"The most important thing is pitching well, contributing and helping your team win," Moyer said at the end of the season. "It was getting a little drab in Seattle [because the team was losing], and this has really given me a bounce in my step and I feel good about that."
So do the Phillies.
Moyer earned $5.5 million in 2006. He'll fit in with a rotation that already includes Cole Hamels, Brett Myers and Jon Lieber, and might still include Randy Wolf, who is eligible for free agency.