Jamie Moyer will be 44 when the 2007 season starts, but the Phillies are banking that he has two more strong seasons remaining in his left arm.
Philadelphia signed Moyer to a two-year, $10.5 million extension Monday.
Moyer, who was acquired from the Mariners during the 2006 season, went 5-2 with a 4.03 ERA in eight starts for the Phillies and was 4-1 in September when the team made a failed push for the NL wild card.
"Jamie was one of our more effective pitchers down the stretch," Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said. "He was an asset to our ballclub not just for his performance on the field, but also for his presence in the clubhouse."
Overall in 2006, Moyer was 11-14 with a 4.30 ERA in 33 starts with Seattle and Philadelphia. He pitched at least 200 innings for the sixth straight season and eighth in the past nine years.
Moyer, who made $5.5 million this season, is a two-time 20-game winner (2001-03) and went to one
All-Star Game (2003). He has a career record of 216-166 with a 4.17
ERA that includes stints with five other teams.
Among active pitchers, Moyer ranks seventh in wins, fifth in
starts (518) and innings (3,351) and 10th in strikeouts (1,992).
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.