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MLB nation: Moyer, Gordon conquer doubters

Some people think 35-year-old Freddy Garcia might be too old and throw too slow to be effective.

Doubters, meet Jamie Moyer.

After missing the entire 2011 season with an arm injury, Moyer has earned a spot in the Rockies rotation—at age 49.

Moyer's average fastball velocity hasn't topped 82 mph since 2002. It was just 80.9 mph in 2011. If you look up “crafty lefty” in the dictionary, or more appropriately in AARP magazine, a picture of Moyer will be there.

Moyer is 267-204 with a 4.24 over 24 seasons with seven different teams. He was 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts for the 2010 Phillies.

Gordon's payday:

Alex Gordon arrived in the big leagues at the age of 23, a highly touted third base prospect for the Royals. He hit just .247 with 15 home runs his rookie year. The next season he hit .260 with 16 home runs. That would prove to be the pinnacle of his success for awhile, and he played just 74 big league games in 2010.

Then 2011 happened.

Now the team's left fielder, Gordon hit .303 with 23 home runs and 45 doubles. If you thought it was an aberration, you're not in the Kansas City front office. The Royals inked Gordon to a four-year, $37.5 million contract on Friday.

The question now is whether he'll build off of last season or revert to his career norms.

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