Saturday, November 23, 2013

Astros sign Peter Moylan to minor-league deal

There was this:
And then this:
Which is just about all the confirmation you need. So, this Peter Moylan.  He'll be 35 next week (December 2) and will be a free agent in 2015. He was the Freaking Man for the Braves out of their bullpen in 2007, 2009 and 2010, throwing at least 60IP with a sub-3.00 ERA in each of those seasons.

He missed almost all of 2008 after a bone spur screwed up his UCL and he needed Tommy John surgery. Then in 2011 he needed back surgery and, when he came back, tore his rotator cuff. He only threw 5IP in 2012 (22.2IP in the Minors) and signed a 1-year deal with the Dodgers for 2013. In 46IP for Albuquerque, he posted a 2.74 ERA/1.26 WHIP, but that didn't exactly translate to Major-League success: in 15.1IP for LAD, he allowed 23H/11ER, 6K:7BB (with most of the damage coming in 2IP in a June 28 16-1 loss to Philadelphia, when he allowed 5H/5ER, 0K:1BB.

Whatever. I've always liked Peter Moylan. He's funny on Twitter. And he's the low-risk/(potential) high-reward signing that have come to characterize the 2008-2012 Baseball Astros.