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The Old Left-Hander Is Still Slinging It

Jamie Moyer left Seattle three years ago for two minor league pitchers named Andy, a 42-year-old soft-tossing southpaw with 211 career wins.

He'd run out of patience with a Mariners team he saw as constantly rebuilding, and Seattle didn't see much of a future building around a man who survived on his changeup.

Moyer has muddled along without the Mariners.

He's in the National League Championship Series with Philadelphia this week, and it's not as if they carried his old bones to the post-season. Moyer, who will turn 46 next month, went 16-7 with a 3.71 earned run average for the Phillies this year.

If you're wondering, that's 35 games he's won since leaving Seattle.

He worked 196 innings this season, 199 innings last year – so obviously, age is catching up with him at a rate of about three innings a year. For all that, he earned $6.5 million, on a deal he negotiated without an agent.

Jamie Moyer

Mr. Moyer will become a free agent once the post-season ends.

If you didn't know his age or what he threw, would there be a market for a left-hander coming off a 16-win, 196-inning, 3.71 ERA season.

Oh, probably. In fact, if the Seattle Mariners could, they'd likely trade Carlos Silva, Miguel Batista and Jarrod Washburn for him.

When he starts against the Dodgers in the NLCS, tune in. He'll look familiar. He hasn't changed how he throws, or who he is, since his Mariners career ended.

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