No, it ain’t April Fools Day. On their website the Melbourne Aces confirmed the signing of 12-year MLB veteran and 2015 World Series starter Jeremy Guthrie. The 37-year old will join the club for the second half of the season. Also 10-year MLB veteran Peter Moylan will be added to the Aces’ roster.
In his twelve year career, Guthrie played for several MLB clubs: the Cleveland Indians
(2004 – 2006), Baltimore Orioles (2007 – 2011), Colorado Rockies (2012) and most recently the Kansas City Royals (2012 – 2015).
Guthrie will be added to the roster of the World All-Star team in the All Star Game of the ABL.
Guthrie made two starts in the 2014 World Series, going 1-1 and becoming just the 74th player in Major League Baseball history to start Game 7 of a World Series.
Guthrie posted a career 91-108 record with a 4.37 ERA across his 12 seasons and recorded over 1,000 strikeouts.
“The 37-year-old’s acquisition is set to be a boost not just for the Melbourne Aces, but for the entire ABL with Australian and Melbourne”, Aces Manager Jon Deeble said. “Guthrie’s signing is a nod to the level of baseball being played around Australia.”
Guthrie is scheduled to arrive on December 17.
Guthrie stated that he loves to play the game and to play it in new places.
“I’m super excited about playing the ABL and experiencing a new culture”. “The ABL will be good preparation for the next chapter in my baseball career and hopefully I can help grow the profile of the sport a little bit while I’m out there”.
Next to Guthrie, Australia’s own Peter Moylan will also be added to the Aces’ roster.
Peter Moylan is a 10-year MLB veteran that played the biggest chunk of his career for the Atlanta Braves. The sole exceptions are the 2013 season when he played for the Dodgers and the 2016 season when he played for the Kansas City Royals. Despite being a reliever, Moylan posted a 24-9 record in his ten-year career with a 2.91 ERA and 255 strikeouts.
The signing of Guthrie and the adding of Moylan may turn the Melbourne Aces into a serious contender.