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Career Paths: Jamie Moyer

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Chicago Cubs 1986-1988

Selected by the Cubs in the 6th round of the 1984 draft, Moyer broke into the big leagues on June 16, 1986, facing the Phillies Steve Carlton.  He picked up a win that day and would finish his rookie season 7-4 with a 5.05 ERA in 16 starts.  Moyer would go 21-30 over the next two years in Chicago, posting a solid 3.48 ERA in 1988.


On December 5, 1988, Moyer was traded to Texas with Drew Hall and Rafael Palmeiro for Paul Kilgus, Curtis Wilkerson, Mitch Williams, Steve Wilson and two minor leaguers.



Texas Rangers 1989-1990

Moyer’s stay in Lone Star state was disappointing.  He battled a shoulder injury in 1989 and started just 15 games.  He would spend the bulk of the 1990 season in bullpen.  In two years with the Rangers, Moyer went 6-15 with a 4.74 ERA.  The Rangers released the 28-year-old on November 13.










St. Louis Cardinals 1991

Moyer inked a deal with St. Louis on January 9, 1991, hoping to jumpstart his once promising career.  I didn’t happen.  In 8 appearances (7 starts), Moyer went 0-5 with a 5.74 ERA for the Cardinals.  He was released on October 14.


The Cubs gave their erstwhile prospect a second chance, inviting him to spring training in 1992, but it wasn’t meant to be and Moyer was cut on March 30.  He would sign with the Detroit Tigers organization on May 24 and spend the 1992 season in Triple A.



Baltimore Orioles 1993-1995

The 30-year-old lefthander signed a free agent contract with Baltimore on December 14, 1992.  He had just 34 big league wins on his resume.  After starting the 1993 season in Triple A, Moyer was called up on May 30 and began to hit his stride, going 12-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 1993.  After two mediocre seasons for the Orioles, Moyer was again a free agent.  He inked 1-year contract with Boston on January 2, 1996.







Boston Red Sox 1996

The journeyman southpaw began the 1996 season 7-1 with a 4.50 ERA for Boston, but was dealt to Seattle on July 30 for Darren Bragg.













Seattle Mariners 1996-2006

Moyer finally found a home in Seattle, going 6-2 with a 3.31 ERA to finish the 1996 season 13-3 (a major league best .813 winning percentage) and 3.98 ERA overall.  Over the next decade with the Mariners, Moyer would win at least 13 games 8 times – including 20 in 2001 and 21 in 2003 – and appear in his only All Star game (2003).  The Mariners meanwhile, captured two division titles and set an American League regular season record with 116 wins in 2001.


On August 19, 2006, the 43-year-old was dealt to the Phillies for two minor leaguers.



Philadelphia Phillies 2006-2010

From 2007-2009, Moyer went 42-29 with a 4.53 ERA while in his mid 40s.  The Phillies won two NL Pennants and defeated Tampa in the 2008 World Series. On May 7, 2010, Moyer became the oldest player to throw a shutout and the only pitcher to do so in four different decades. An elbow injury in July however, ended his season.


After doing further damage to the elbow in the Dominican Winter Leagues, Moyer underwent Tommy John surgery on December 1 and aimed for a 2012 return to the big leagues. He spent the 2011 season rehabilitating his arm and doing analyst work for ESPN.



Colorado Rockies 2012

On January 18, 2012 – two months after his 49th birthday – Moyer inked a minor league contract with an invite to spring training with Colorado.  The 25-year veteran not only made the team, but opened the season as the Rockies No. 2 starter.  On April 17, Moyer earned the win in the Rockies 5-3 victory over San Diego, making him the oldest player ever to record a big league win.


Moyer went 2-5 with 5.70 ERA in 10 starts with the Rockies before being designated for assignment on May 30.


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