Jamie Moyer signs minor-league deal with Toronto Blue Jays

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Jamie Moyer, who asked for and was granted his release last Saturday by the Orioles, has signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 49-year old Moyer started the season with the Colorado Rockies and became the oldest pitcher to  ever win a major league baseball game, but went 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA and was released earlier this month.

The lefthander expected to be promoted to the Orioles after going 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Norfolk, but asked for his release after the club decided to keep him with the Tides for at least another week. Moyer wasn’t promoted after his last start because the Orioles won’t need a fifth starting pitcher until next weekend due to a day off yesterday, and because Baltimore already has two lefthanders in the rotation.

Moyer didn’t want to wait around for the Orioles to call him up. He has won 269 games over his 25-year career, and wants to add to that total before retiring — if and when that ever actually happens.

Even though the contract Moyer signed with the Blue Jays is another minor-league deal, he will have a better shot to crack the rotation than he did with the Orioles. Toronto is desperate for starting pitching after Henderson Alvarez became the fourth Blue Jay starting pitcher to go down over the last two weeks when he left a game on Monday with right elbow soreness.

Moyer is on his way to Las Vegas, where he will pitch for Toronto’s Triple-A team, the 51s.

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