Free agency is likely for Moyer, Seattle's all-time wins leader
In their deep need for pitching, the Mariners will dive into the free-agent pool next month. There, they will find Jamie Moyer, who can...
Seattle Times staff reporter
In their deep need for pitching, the Mariners will dive into the free-agent pool next month.
There, they will find Jamie Moyer, who can be expected to file for free agency while both he and the Mariners get a feel for the market.
According to sources, Seattle has an interest in bringing back Moyer. The left-hander went 10-0 at Safeco Field this year as he ran his Mariners win total to 139, the club's all-time record.
Moyer has an interest in staying here, where he and wife Karen have established their home and their growing charity, the Moyer Foundation.
"I do know I want to play another year. I know my body and my condition better than anyone, and I assure you I have no issues," Moyer said as the 2005 season dwindled to its last games. "I still feel I can contribute, and I'd love more than anything to contribute here again.
"But I don't know what direction they'll choose to go, so I can't say what will happen with me here. With all due respect to the organization, time will tell."
Moyer's simple expectation is "fair market value."
"So I'll have to look at the market," he said.
Will his 13 wins, or his 200 innings, override the .283 opponents average he allowed?
As much as any player would be interested in pros and cons, Moyer has more interest than any other.
He acts as his own agent, last time negotiating a three-year deal in which the base for the third year was contingent on his workload of the first two years.
Asked if he will follow the incentive route again, Moyer demurred, noting, "I can tell you honestly I haven't sat down and thought it through yet. If I start dealing with this club and like what I'm hearing, then I'll deal only with this club. I won't go looking around."
That should not mean the Mariners can expect a hometown discount. Moyer, who made about $7 million in 2005, may have similar expectations for 2006.
"I think I've fulfilled all their expectations," said Moyer, who reached 200 innings for the seventh time in nine years here. "I don't see anyone else taking a pay cut because they have done the job."
And age is not likely to be a major factor.
Moyer was the oldest to win in double digits since Nolan Ryan (44) won 12 in 1991, and was the third lefty (along with Tommy John and Warren Spahn) since 1900 to win 10-plus at 42.
"I think I've pushed the age factor to the side, I've defied that and plan to continue to do so," Moyer said. "If I've shown a regression in what I can do, I think we'd all have seen it. I don't think it's a factor.
"Because I'm 43, does that mean you discriminate against me? It's about production, that's what they tell a 25-year-old or a 30-year-old.
"Whatever happens I've enjoyed my time here. Seattle was the springboard for my career. I think there's a fit, a good fit, here. You'd think they'd feel the same way. They claim they want to win. And I can help them."
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