ESPN writer Jayson Stark reports that free agent Jamie Moyer will explore his options by “re-enlisting his former agent, Jim Bronner, to begin calling other clubs.”
Beerleaguer: Stark says the two sides cannot meet halfway over dollars and cents, and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is quoted as saying negotiations have been “a little disappointing." The Phils are banking on the hometown discount here, because if Moyer bolts, their backup plan becomes Derek Lowe, a No. 1 priority-type pitcher for several large-market contenders who may be willing to offer the kind of long-term security he’s seeking. That’s a race history tells us the Phillies cannot, and will not, commit to winning, especially considering the 10 pending arbitration cases hanging over their heads. Amaro will need to convince Moyer that the Phils’ offer is what it is because they're bidding against the clock, something the ageless wonder may not want to hear.