If you were Ruben Amaro Jr., would (that is, should) you sign a league-average pitcher to a multi-year deal for 2009+? And would it make a difference if that pitcher was currently 45 years old?
Moyer is, so far this year, almost the definition of a league-average pitcher. His ERA is 4.15 in a league with a 4.34 average; his WHIP is 1.59. He's throw at least 199 innings in each of the last seven seasons. Watching him last night, I found myself appreciating how slender and flexible he is - I hope to match that when I'm 45 - and admiring his approach at the plate. Set aside his two hits, although they were pretty tasty; focus on that bunt. How rare is it to see a Phillies pitcher who regularly lays down good bunts?
Anyway, the point is, he looks like he could keep this up for another three or four years. Throwing that 76-MPH slop up there can't be taxing his arm too much. The guy I saw last night looked like a good candidate to be throwing 175+ innings of league-average ball in 2010.
So, how crazy would it be to offer a multi-year deal to a guy who'd be 46 in the first year? That's insane, right - baseball malpractice? I'm just posting this here because I caught myself thinking that it might not be insane, and that we could actually regret <i>not</i> resigning Moyer next year, a la Lohse.