Jamie Moyer to the Bullpen: It's the Economics, Stupid!

The Phillies relegation of starting pitcher Jamie Moyer to the bullpen was not just a matter of performance -- it's an effort to mitigate the financial hit the team could take should Moyer reach certain incentive thresholds in his contract.

First, let's look at the contract, courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts:

* 2 years/$13MM (2009-10)
   o re-signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/15/08
   o 09:$6.5M, 10:$6.5M
   o performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 150, 160, 170, 180, 190 IP
   o 2010 salary increases by:
      + $0.25M for 150 IP, 23 starts
      + $0.5M each for 160, 170, 180, 190 IP and 25, 27, 29, 31 starts
   o limited no-trade clause allowing Moyer to block deals to 6 clubs (no more than 4 in one league)

So what does moving Moyer to the bullpen do?  After the jump...

*  Moyer currently sits at 123.1 innings pitched.  He's 26.2 innings away (about five starts) from triggering a $250K bonus, and two more starts away from triggering a second $250K bonus.  Moving Moyer to the bullpen likely saves the team $500K, as he's fairly unlikely to pitch 26.2 relief innings the rest of the season.

*  Boy, those escalators really take off in 2010.  Keeping Moyer in the rotation for next season would be an extremely expensive proposition.  He would be owed an extra $500K for reaching 150 IP and 23 starts.  For reference, he has started 22 games this season so far.

*  Holy crap.  An extra HALF MILLION DOLLARS for each ten innings beyond 150 next season, and another half million for each two starts past 23 starts.

EDIT: Based on discussions elsewhere, it appears that those 2010 thresholds may apply to 2009 performance, i.e., if Moyer makes his 23rd start in 2009, it triggers a $250K increase to his 2010 base salary.  Same with all the innings pitched thresholds for 2010.  This makes the matter all the more pressing for the Phillies; if Moyer pitched 190 innings in 2009, by this interpretation, the Phillies would be out $4.5 million in 2010, whether or not Moyer throws a single pitch next year.

 

So, at a minimum, we're looking at least a $500K savings, possibly up to $1 million, this season by moving Moyer to the bullpen and, depending on how the team goes forward next season, a potential $4.5 million in savings by keeping Jamie Moyer out of the rotation in 2010.

How to spend this extra dough:

1. Colvin

2. Stewart

3. Susac

4. Hats for Sarge

 

Jamie Moyer has been a good Phillie and deserves all the credit in the world for being a terrific human being and a great teammate, but for a team operating on a budget, dropping that kind of coin on a subpar starting pitcher just does not make financial sense.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Good Phight

You must be a member of The Good Phight to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Good Phight. You should read them.

Join The Good Phight

You must be a member of The Good Phight to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Good Phight. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker