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The 'oldie-but-goodie' pitchers

Updated: February 22, 2011, 3:33 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I drafted Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Jamie Moyer in a deep fantasy league last March -- a really deep league -- not only because I expected him to win double-digit games with passable peripherals, but also to make a point to naysayers that I practice what I preach. Not all fantasy baseball sleepers are young guys. Moyer, now a spry 48-year-old recovering from Tommy John surgery and still planning on pitching in 2012, won nine of his 19 starts, with a high ERA but a WHIP that would have ranked 10th among major league starting pitchers had he qualified. It's true, Moyer delivered a 1.10 WHIP, better than Josh Johnson, Ubaldo Jimenez and all but nine qualified starting pitchers in baseball. In a 16-team league, he made for a valuable last-round pick.

It would be foolish for me to recommend Moyer today, of course; he's not likely to pitch this season. But in accordance with last week's "oldies but goodies" blog on hitters 35 years or older to keep an eye on, I figured I would do the same with pitchers. Moyer turned 35 way back in 1998, but the hurlers below crossed that threshold a bit more recently. Before you go ignoring them on draft day, or in a few cases select them later than their production dictates, because of their age, look a bit closer at their production. You might be surprised.

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