Cubs Sign Kevin Millar

The Cubs officially signed first baseman Kevin Millar to a minor league deal today.  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick first reported the agreement on Monday.  The Cubs signed Chad Tracy last week, so Millar will compete with him for a backup job.

Millar, 38, hit .223/.311/.363 in 283 plate appearances for the Blue Jays last year.


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68 Comments on "Cubs Sign Kevin Millar"


dizzle4
5 years 5 months ago

Hahahahahahaha

rzepczynski
5 years 5 months ago

I specifically came to this post, to post the exact same thing

losingfaithinmightymelvin
5 years 5 months ago

That’s freakin’ hilarious. You two took the words right ou of my mouth!

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

Micah Hoffpauir’s offseason nightmare continues.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Agreed.

larimar27
5 years 5 months ago

So now the Cubs have spent money to have Lee, Tracy, and now Millar in front of Hoffpauir. And people wonder how the Cubs lose?

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

Honestly, these aren’t bad signings. Tracy and Millar were signed to minor league contracts at very little money. It’s becoming apparent that they are concerned with getting a dependable lefty bat off the bench who can spell Derrek Lee on occassion (and heaven forbid he goes out for an extended period of time) — and it looks like they are far from convinced that Hoffpauir can be that guy. These are low risk, low dollar signings. They aren’t blocking any major league ready prospects. It appears that they’ll just compete with Hoffpauir for that one roster spot. I don’t understand why people would make a big deal out of the signings one way or the other.

YuppieScum
5 years 5 months ago

You really telling me there isn’t a minor leaguer more capable at this age than kevin millar?

LTDm206
5 years 5 months ago

I wish the Sox would sign him to replace Jerry Remy as the color man for the TV broadcasts. Millar is hilarious.

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

Well, between Ryan Dempster and Kevin Millar, the Cubs are sure to lead the league in hillarity. I think the two are actually friends and had a very funny war of words a couple of years back. Unless St. Louis falls on their face this year, we’re going to need the comic relief.

BlueCatuli
5 years 5 months ago

What have the Cardinals done to improve themselves from last year? Holliday was already there.

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

They haven’t done much but they do have Holliday for a full year. The Cubs are improved but I don’t know if they’ve done enough to pass them. I do think they’ve done enough to put themselves in position to stay in the race and if they can get some good years from the holdovers and the Cards have some bad luck, there’s a chance. I want the Cubs to win as much anybody but in my opinion they’ll need a few things to bounce their way.

BlueCatuli
5 years 5 months ago

I just don’t see the Cardinals getting off to a record start, or getting repeat performances from people like Brendan Ryan. I also expect Ryan Ludwick to continue to descend back from his All-Star season of 2008. With Carpenter and Wainwright on the hill you always have a chance. Lohse, Penny, and (…) don’t really scare me, especially if (…) is Rich Hill. The back end of their bullpen is shaky. The Cardinals remind me a lot of the Astros of the past few years. Two big boppers in the middle in Pujols and Holliday (Lee and Burkman) and two good front end starters Carpenter and Wainwright (Oswalt, Rodriguez) with not much else going on. Their bench is… well, empty. I was worried about the Cardinals last year, not so much this year. I think this will be a very solid race between the two teams.

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

I agree that the Cards certainly aren’t some sort of juggernaut. Thankfully they have their share of question marks — though probably not as many as we do…still, it’s a long season and lots of things can happen. We’ll just have to wait and see. I am hoping that you are right and I’m wrong on this one!

mrmuzzy
5 years 5 months ago

There are also two other factors in the cards… Sign a huge contract, get lazy or sign a huge contract, try to hard. If Holi flounders he becomes like Sori wondering where to put him in the lineup. We will see.

5 years 5 months ago

Not Bad of a move for the Cubs. I don’t see him at all during the year with the Cubs unless an injury occurs. And most likely to help once September comes around.

jdub220
5 years 5 months ago

Is there a washed-up players sale going on today?

SmackSaw
5 years 5 months ago

Character guy. Good in the clubhouse. Can’t contribute much more than that.

catch21_2
5 years 5 months ago

Is he liked in the clubhouse? Millar was a scab in ’94 you know…

jgmaynard
5 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t sign him, but if I had to pick a MLB player to have a few drinks with, he would likely be the guy. Now he’s on my 2nd favorite team – not sure how that makes me feel. :O)

JM

5 years 5 months ago

I feel like I heard he retired earlier this offseason…. lmfao. grats Millar. Definitely on my list of stars along with Pat Burrell I’d love to get drunk with.

rzepczynski
5 years 5 months ago

its lester beckett lackey or was that taken?

5 years 5 months ago

Lol in order of dominance, I’d agree. But no, becketts my favorite current pitcher due to his attitude. Like lackey for same reason. Tho Lester is quickly moving up in my book.

oscarrobles
5 years 5 months ago

Isn’t this guy the last remnant of the player’s strike?

5 years 5 months ago

Mahay was a scab too.

plantenutz
5 years 5 months ago

Cowboy Up

0vercast
5 years 5 months ago

Reminds me of Mike Redmond.

Great guy to have on the bench for character, levity, and leadership. Problem is, his lack of production won’t make it easy to find a spot on that bench not better filled by someone else.

5 years 5 months ago

I don’t think anything has made me more angry as a life-long Jays fan than watching Kevin Millar bat clean-up 15+ times last year. The guy clearly had compromising photos of Cito Gaston… Millar. Was. Awful. I don’t care how good his jokes are.

rzepczynski
5 years 5 months ago

you must of been thrilled when he player 3rd base

Jiujitsu411420
5 years 5 months ago

I just don’t really understand this signing. I wish they would have signed a 2b type backup with the money they used for Millar and Tracy. Sucks because they could probably get Kennedy or Lopez at a reasonable price. Also whatever happened to signing a RH setup option?

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

According to MLB’s Adam McCalvy, Hendry said the Nady deal likely “rounds out our acquisitions for the winter.” We may get another minor league signing or two, but I wouldn’t expect much more than that. I’m amazed Hendry didn’t get a relief pitcher. He’s been talking about one all winter. It looks like he’ll stick with Guzman as the righty set-up option and fill in the back of the bullpen with one of their many young arms. Frankly I’m perfectly fine with that.

BlueCatuli
5 years 5 months ago

Gaub will be a bright spot if given an opportunity in that bullpen.

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

I’m a big fan of Gaub. I hope the Cubs didn’t put too much stock in his struggles in the fall league. He’s got good stuff for a lefty reliever– better than the guy they just gave 7 million to!

BlueCatuli
5 years 5 months ago

One of the Baseball America guys said he is the best left hander in the minor leagues.

disgustedcubfan
5 years 5 months ago

I really want to believe that he will not make the 25 man opening day roster. If he does, we are in trouble.
Since it’s a minor league deal, no damage done.
So Hendry, will you please cut the crap and make a meaningful, productive move.

5 years 5 months ago

Ugghhh!!!! What a waste of money!!!!! First nady, then millar. This disgusts me, its getting harder & harder to be a cubs fan & defend these moves. What about the GAPING HOLE at 2b !!!!!!!! What about the lack of a set up BP arm!!!! This will be yet another long disappointing season and HOPEFULLY HENDRYS LAST!!!!!!!!!!

alexchicago14
5 years 5 months ago

i can’t agree with you more, hendry has is making it very hard to even watch cubs baseball right now….and the 2B thing is becoming a on going nightmare i dont see why all the 1B players unless there gonna try to trade d. lee (which in my opinion would be the worst thing they could do to this team.) but why not try to get a 2B or a bullpen arm….or even a SS so they can move theriot to 2B….well at least we’ll have a comic relief with millar and dumpster when there 10 games under .500.

5 years 5 months ago

i think the logic with 2b is that they will give starlin castro every opportunity to make the team out of st and theriot moves over to second ,and if he doesn’t then mike and baker can be a stopgag until june/july when he will probably be ready and then they can move theriot over.

BlueCatuli
5 years 5 months ago

If Castro rakes in AAA he will get called up, but that guy more than likely needs 350-400 AAA ABs. Besides that, the Cubs have to find a suitor for either Fontenot, Baker, or Blanco to bring Castro up. Baker is the only one with options and he isn’t going to get sent down or traded at the expense of leaving Fontenot or Blanco on the big league roster.

justme
5 years 5 months ago

Good call last years tense dugout probably induced a signing like this imo hendry is going out of his way to make sure everyone is more relaxed,if we learned anything about hendry is when he gets his mind set on a fix he does is to a point of over kill,much like he did last year when he decided to blow the roster up to add lefty bats to balance the line up.This really was a not needed signing already have 3 backups at first,but if he is going go over kill millar is a nice guy,if was going make a nothing signing rather he gambled on a bull pen hand.

ugen64
5 years 5 months ago

Yeah – honestly, this signing isn’t any different from Jack Z getting Griffey and Mike Sweeney last season.

jammin502
5 years 5 months ago

Being a fan of Micah Hoffpauir, I really have not liked the Chad Tracy or this signing. With Aramis Ramirez’s injuries you could kind of see the desire for a Tracy in the wings, but Millar makes no sense at all. Maybe there is something with Derrek Lee that we don’t know about? Quit signing washed up players to block the youth in the system!!

crunchy1
5 years 5 months ago

But Micah’s really not that young. He’s 30 and actually a couple of months older than Chad Tracy. He’s getting to the point that if he doesn’t beat out Tracy or Millar, the Cubs will have to let him go — or else it’s going to be him who will be blocking the youth in the system.

5 years 5 months ago

i agree and maybe this will push micah to come into spring training already in shape and on a hitting program. I dont know what his offseason program was las year but if he sees these signings as one less spot for him then he might step it up

BlueCatuli
5 years 5 months ago

What youth is there at first base? What youth is there at third base that is MLB ready?

Dumbluck
5 years 5 months ago

He’s been “invited to camp” people. It’s not like there is a spot reserved for him on the roster. It’s a minor league deal so chances are it’s for around half a million. Just another piece to compete in spring training and another veteran guy to work with some of the youngsters during camp. If he doesn’t make the team, he’ll probably retire. Worst case scenario, Tracy and Hoff have awful springs and Millar is the back up 1st baseman. Derrick normally plays at least 150 games a year anyway. I have no problems if Millar or any of the other backups start 10 games next year. No biggie

Dumbluck
5 years 5 months ago

He’s been “invited to camp” people. It’s not like they’re reserving a roster spot for him. The more competition in spring the better I say. Also, he’s getting a minor league contract, probably around half a million. No Biggie. If Tracy and Hoff have good springs, he won’t make the team, simple.

5 years 5 months ago

Agreed, the more competition the better. It really doesn’t make much sense though even if he has an outside shot at making the club, another rh bat???? The logjam at first makes me wonder though……