Yesterday, it was reported by Ken Rosenthal that the Rockies were among 6 teams that are monitoring Jamie Moyer's throwing sessions.
Yes, Jamie Moyer. Jamie Moyer, who started the first Cubs night game. Jamie Moyer who autographed Harry Truman's baseball card. Jamie Moyer, the first pitcher to hit a home run.
Jamie Moyer is old.
Moyer's strength is his ability to throw strikes. Moyer's 1.61 BB/9 in 2010 was 4th lowest in the majors, behind Cliff Lee, Carl Pavano, and Roy Halladay. This kind of strike-throwing ability would be so foreign to what we saw last season out of the rotation.
Seriously though, this is what the Rockies have come to. Watching the Julio Franco of pitching work out, just to see if there are any innings left in that tank.
Really, having one veteran-esque pitcher isn't a miserable idea. Having a couple isn't a miserable idea. With Jorge De La Rosa on the DL until I don't know exactly when and Juan Nicasio a bigtime question mark right now, the Rockies will be leaning on some young and/or ineffective pitching to try and pull through the 2012 season in one piece. This isn't to throw Alex White, Drew Pomeranz, and Jhoulys Chacin under the bus. It's just a fact that the Rockies will need arms to take inning loads, and if Moyer's bizarre "fountain of youth" pitching is up to taking that job, I'm all for it. Plus, Kevin Millwood might just be happier with someone his own age to play with. And by Own Age I mean 10 years his senior.
Because how awesome would life be if we were looking at a Jhoulys Chacin-Jason Hammel-Drew Pomeranz-Kevin Millwood-Jamie Moyer on opening day? I mean, yeah, it's ugly, but come on! There's comedy written all over that rotation! Moyer is twice the age of Pomeranz and Chacin! I'm imagining Moyer shuffling around the clubhouse calling everyone WhipperSnappers.
In all seriousness, Moyer wouldn't preclude getting any other sort of MLB player. Moyer would likely be a low-base, high-incentive type signing, were the Rockies to land him, which would still leave effectively the same budget room available to pursue some sort of Michael Cuddyer type player.
Jamie Moyer is older than the following managers: Manny Acta, Eric Wedge, Joe Girardi, Fredi Gonzalez, and Ozzie Guillen.
Jamie Moyer's debut came on 6/16/1986, where he pitched 6.1 innings of relief against the Phillies. The #1 song that day according to Billboard was "On My Own" by Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald.
Frankly, I'm excited about the possibility for the comedy option Moyer pitching for Colorado would present. In case you didn't notice.
Jamie Moyer is old.