The Jamie Moyer Experiment has all but officially come to an end as he was DFA’d today. Moyer told the Denver Post:
It’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s part of the business…It’s all about putting up results.
Moyer was very impressive in Spring Training, winning his spot based on his performance more than the novelty of potentially having the oldest pitcher in MLB history. He also didn’t pitch too bad to begin the season, his best game also being the one that broke the MLB record on April 17th against the San Diego Padres. In that performance he put in seven strong innings, giving up 0 earned runs over six hits.
His ERA after his next outing was a respectable 2.28, but quickly climbed to 5.70 after his next six starts. He never made it past six innings after his historic win and was more known for being very hittable the 2nd and 3rd time through a lineup.
A tweet by the MLB reporter Thomas Harding quoted Jim Tracy as saying:
Jamie Moyer could no longer get enough change of speed to fool hitters and he was “compromised”
The call to DFA him was a difficult one according to Jim Tracy:
I just felt like that by sending him out there, we were compromising him and the team…It’s difficult, because he’s as professional as any player I’ve ever been around…But we felt like this is something we had to do.
Sadly, the last time Moyer was prominent in the news was for the grand slam he gave up to Giancarlo Stanton that broke the Marlins brand new scoreboard.
But he should, and will, be remembered more for his amazing body of work. He earned a spot on the team and it seemed like he would be a valuable member of the rotation, but sadly couldn’t keep the level of pitching up to what was needed.
The team will recall Carlos Torres, a reliever currently in Colorado Springs. There is no decision yet on who will start in place of Moyer against the Dodgers on Friday.