We wrote last week about the Phillies’ brewing dilemma when Pedro Martinez joined the rotation. That would leave six starters for five spots, and it appeared that Jamie Moyer could be the odd man out.
Sure enough, he was, getting shuttled off to the bullpen. And Moyer is not at all happy about it, as it turns out. He gave some pretty strong commentary about the move today, intimating that he was misled by Phillies GM Ruben Amaro.
“I’m really not happy with this decision that the Phillies have made,” he said in comments that appeared in Todd Zolecki’s MLB.com blog and elsewhere. “I will take what they’ve asked me to do, but I’m not really excited about the decision that has been made. Ultimately, I’m a little disheartened because this past winter when I was negotiating with the Phillies this was a sore thumb, if you will, about this potentially happening.
“You can’t promise anything in this game, but I really felt that Ruben (Amaro Jr.) parlayed to me that this type of situation would not happen. Actually, even had some discussion with (team president) David (Montgomery) with them reassuring me that this type of situation wouldn’t happen. Again, I’m a little disheartend by the way it’s happened, how it’s happened. We’re still in first place. I probably feel like I haven’t contributed as well as I could have, but I think if you go around to the other 24 players on our club they would probably say the same type of thing.
“Whether I like it or not, this is the situation I’m in. I will deal with it. I will deal with it in a respectful way. I’ll be respectful to my teammates. Like I said at the beginning, I do not want to be a distraction and I refuse to be a distraction. It’s about the 25 players that are here. We all have to pick each other up. We all have to support each other. We all have to be professional about what we do. This is job that sometimes you’re in situations that you like or dislike and you have to deal with it. That’s why for me dealing with this like a man and taking whatever they choose to do. I’m an employee here, but I don’t always have to like the situation that I’m in. And that’s OK. Life goes on. But like I said, I feel a little disheartened. I feel a little bit like I’ve been misled. I feel like I’ve played this game long enough that the respect factor should be there.”
The key words are “misled” and “disheartened,” and I’ll wager it’s already a distraction, whether Jamie wants it to be or not.