Possible Suitors For Kevin Millwood

Kevin Millwood is looking for a $4-5MM payday, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter). That's significantly more than some teams are willing to consider, though Millwood does have a number of potential suitors. Here's a quick recap of clubs with potential interest:

There should be interest in Millwood, who has averaged 31 starts per season since joining the Braves' rotation in 1998. As he works to secure his client a Major League deal worth a few million dollars, agent Scott Boras will likely remind teams of Millwood's durability and point out that the right-hander spent last season in the tough AL East.

On the surface, Millwood's 2010 looked a lot like Rodrigo Lopez's and Atlanta recently signed Lopez to a minor league deal. Lopez, 35, is just a year younger than Millwood and the pitchers posted similar numbers last year. Millwood's ERA was slightly higher than Lopez's (5.10 vs. 5.00) and Lopez walked fewer batters (3.1 BB/9 vs. 2.5 BB/9). Millwood posted a career-low ground ball rate and a career-high fly ball rate in hitter-friendly Camden Yards and allowed 30 homers, while Lopez surrendered a league-leading 37 homers. 

Boras has found a number of surprising contracts for his clients this offseason, so there's no reason to assume he can't find $4-5MM for Millwood. I'm guessing Boras' pitch will revolve around dependability, since that stands out more than Millwood's other stats.

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East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks but no thanks.

4 years 7 months ago

I think Millwood and Cabrera needed to figure out what Orlando Hudson finally did – old vets need to sign early. That 4-5 mil ship has sailed, much like Pavano waiting for 10+ mil.

4 years 7 months ago

Maybe you need to go look at Orlando Hudson’s contract!
He just signed a 2 yr / $11.5 Million contract with the Padres.
Millwood and Cabrera are both pretty good players.

4 years 7 months ago

Oh I see, you saying they should sign early like Orlando Hudson. My bad

Jason Klinger
4 years 7 months ago

“Now pitching for your New York Yankees…Kevin…Millwood.”

My, how the mighty have fallen.

4 years 7 months ago

The M’s couldn’t/wouldn’t acquire Francis, Capuano, Duchscherer, Bonderman, or Garcia. Luke French really shouldn’t be in the running for a spot in the rotation, Michael Pineda shouldn’t be rushed to the majors, and Erik Bedard’s health is a huge question mark. That leaves Felix, Vargas, and Fister. Signing Nate Robertson to a minor league deal was a good move, and with a strong spring; he will probably take a spot at the back of the rotation. The Mariners do need an innings eater, but unless Millwood will take a minor league deal, he won’t be playing his home games in the pacific northwest.

4 years 7 months ago

padres could definitely use him as a back-end/mid-rotation innings eater so they don’t have to rely on leblanc or rush luebke unless there are injuries but i think he’d be worth a gamble if he’s within the budget constraints. Latos -> Harang -> Richard -> Stauffer -> Millwood would be solid 1-5 with Mosely as a swingman and Castro -> Luebke -> Kelly -> Leblanc making the illest AAA rotation of all time.

4 years 7 months ago

Cashman: “I don’t know, Scott. Kevin’s numbers last year just don’t look that good.”

Boras: “Oh, don’t let the numbers fool you, Brian. Kevin’s very durable and numbers were a result of pitching in the tough American League East.”

Cashman: “Gee, Scott. That’s great, but we’re in the American League East.”

Boras: “(awkward silence) *click*”

4 years 6 months ago