Troy Renck of the Denver Post (via MLB Trade Rumors) has reported that the Rockies have offered former Phillie Jamie Moyer a minor league contract and an invitation to their major league spring training camp. Signing the contract would give the the 49-year-old lefthander an opportunity to share his wisdom with a youthful rotation and perhaps work his way back to the majors.
Prior to signing with Colorado, Moyer spent the last four years of his career in Philadelphia, winning a World Series with the team in 2008.
Last season, Moyer stepped away from the game to undergo Tommy John surgery in hopes of rejuvenating his aging arm. At no point did he officially retire.
The procedure and decision to stay active seems to be paying off now that Colorado is taking its chances that Moyer still has something to contribute, be it on or off the field. After all, the (beyond) veteran was an invaluable source of wisdom, inspiration and advice for any number of the young arms in the Phillies' system during his tenure with the team. Even if his arm isn't what it once was when he dug out the rubber from inside the Citizens Bank Park pitching mound at the ripe young age of 46, Moyer's experience could make him a contributor in any clubhouse.
Think about it, Moyer, who has been pitching in the majors since 1986, has a longer record in baseball than the organization to which he is now signed (The Colorado Rockies did not enter the MLB record books until 1993). Surely, he has something to say about a young fella's grip on his fastball.