Jamie Moyer did not take any questions. He was not interested in discussing his new role in the bullpen. He simply had some things he wanted to get off his chest. In an off-the-cuff statement that lasted several minutes while sitting in the stands at Wrigley Field, the veteran lefthander said he felt "a little disheartened" and "a little bit like I've been mis-led" after the Phillies informed him that they were giving his spot in the rotation to Pedro Martinez.
"I most certainly do not want to be a distraction," Moyer said. "I'm not happy with the decision the Phillies have made."
Moyer said that when negotiating his two-year contract with the Phillies this offseason, he was worried about a situation similar to this occurring. While he acknowledged that "you can't promise anything in this game," he talked to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and club president David Montgomery about his worries, both of whom responded by "reassuring me this type of thing would not happen."
"I feel a little disheartened, and a little bit like I've been mis-led," Moyer said.
Amaro declined to comment through a Phillies spokesman, saying he was not at liberty to discuss the specifics of contract negotiations.