According to Shannon Drayer of ESPN Radio in Seattle, and confirmed by other sources, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed 49 year old Jamie Moyer to a Minor League contract that will see him join the Las Vegas 51s in Tacoma later this week. Moyer recently requested and was granted his release from the Baltimore Orioles after they decided not to call him up to their big league roster after a brief audition in the team’s Minor League system.
News of the acquisition follows Henderson Alvarez leaving tonight’s 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox after five innings with soreness in his right elbow. He becomes the fourth member of the team’s starting rotation to exit a game early due to injury in the last two weeks, and the third to do so because of elbow problems.
Meanwhile, as the only uninjured member of the starting rotation, Ricky Romero, lost his temper at fans and reporters alike during a rain delay in Boston, word quickly broke that the Blue Jays had called up Triple A starter Scott Richmond to join the team. In corresponding moves, Robert Coello will go back to the Minors and Drew Hutchison will be put on the 60 day Disabled List.
This is the epitome of the adage: desperate times call for desperate measures, as both Richmond and Moyer at this point in their respective careers, have done a pretty good job at proving they have no place on a Major League roster.