Phils Deal Baldwin, Barb To Add Jamie Moyer

It almost figured that at some point before his career was over, the Phillies would acquire left-hander Jamie Moyer. On a couple of separate occasions, the Phillies were close to getting Moyer, either through free agency or a trade, but came up short. Finally, a deal with Seattle brought the Souderton, PA native to Philadelphia.

In November of 2002, the Phillies were looking to make some moves in free agency that would bolster their club headed into the final season at Veterans Stadium. They added David Bell and Jim Thome and were in search of a veteran pitcher for their rotation. One of their targets was Jamie Moyer, who grew up in nearby Souderton, PA. The hope was that the lure of pitching close to home would bring Moyer to the Phillies, but in the end, he stayed loyal to the Seattle Mariners and re-signed there.

Last winter, the Phillies again put out feelers to get Moyer as a free agent, but again, Moyer wound up back in Seattle. At various times since 2003 - including just a month ago prior to the July 31 trade deadline - the Phillies tried unsuccessfully to get Moyer in a deal with Seattle. Now, with the Mariners looking more toward the future, Moyer becomes a Phillie.

Since re-signing with Seattle in December of 2002, Moyer has gone 47-39, including winning 21 games in 2003 for Seattle. He's posted a 4.26 ERA over the span, including a 4.39 ERA in 25 starts with Seattle this season. One of the things that has always attracted the Phillies to Moyer is that he perenially pitches a high number of innings, going at least 200 innings in each of the last five seasons. He has currently pitched in 160 innings this season with Seattle, giving him a shot at again reaching the 200 inning mark.

To get Moyer, the Phillies had to send pitchers Andrew Baldwin and Andrew Barb to Seattle.

Barb, a 21 year old right-hander, pitched two innings in relief of Carlos Carrasco last Sunday, locking up a no-hitter for the Lakewood BlueClaws. On the season, Barb was 6-2 with 18 saves and a 2.23 ERA for Lakewood. He also has a streak of 13 innings of shutout ball at Lakewood, during which he's allowed just five hits and four walks while striking out 16 hitters. Barb also hasn't allowed a hit in his last seven innings of work.

Baldwin was 8-8, 4.04 in 27 games at Clearwater this season. The 23 year old right-hander has a mark of 7-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts this season and is 1-2, 3.15 in 7 relief appearances.

Moyer last pitched on Thursday and is set to join the club in Chicago on Monday and is likely to take the place of Scott Mathieson in the rotation and start for the Phillies Tuesday night against the Cubs.

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