Yankees Sign Kevin Millwood

The Yankees signed Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract, the team announced. The deal is contingent on the right-hander passing a physical. Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork reports that the contract is for a pro-rated $1.5MM with incentives and that Millwood has to be on the 25-man roster by May 1st or the deal is void.

Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon will still start the season as the Yankees' No. 5 starter behind C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett and, it seems certain, Ivan Nova. Agent Scott Boras represents Millwood.

Millwood turned down a minor league offer from the Yankees in February and they made him another minor league offer last week. He was looking for a guaranteed contract in the $4MM range, but the Yankees offered a contract in the low seven-figure range.

Millwood allowed 30 homers last year and posted a 5.10 ERA with 6.2 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9. Despite the ERA, homers allowed and career-high fly ball rate, the 36-year-old started 31 games and logged 190 2/3 innings. He has averaged 31 starts per season since 1998, though reaching those marks will be particularly challenging this year given his late deal.

Jon Heyman of SI.com first reported the deal (on Twitter).

95 Responses to Yankees Sign Kevin Millwood Leave a Reply

  1. Midseason: Sabathia, Hughes, Burnett, Millwood, Nova…

  2. qbass187 4 years ago

    THIS is a great move!!!

    …for the RED SOX and the rest of the AL East.

    • MB923 4 years ago

      It’s a minor league deal, he might not even make the team.

    • captainjeter 4 years ago

      obviously you are a Red Sox fan. i think you better stop thumping your chest. You already have the Red Sox crowned as WS Champs. It is a lon————ggg season and many thing happen

  3. TytheSportsGuy 4 years ago

    Couldn’t hurt I suppose.

  4. METfan201 4 years ago

    I dont think they needed him really, i mean they were better off with a mid season trade. I think they couldve hotten Carlos Silva for almost nothing and that wouldve been better.

    • yg49 4 years ago

      Um…why would signing Millwood to a MINOR LEAGUE deal stop them from making a mid season trade? One has zero to to with the other.
      There is never a downside to a minor league deal.

      • Haven’t you read the Kevin Millwood standard form contract? The team can’t make midseason deals, can’t make any substitutions in the bottom of the 7th inning, and can’t rearrange the batting order more than once a week.

  5. Casey McMahon 4 years ago

    I think by having Millwood , Colon and Garcia that the Yankees ensure that the rotation is strong throughout the year. Nova is unproven and either one of those 3 veterans could burn out. But chances are one or two could stay consistent throughout the year. Bartolo Colon actually has looked the most impressive and if he could get back to the old Bartolo it would be a huge boost to the Yanks.

    • yeyeye72 4 years ago

      Kevin Millwood ensures their rotation is “strong”? Don’t get ahead of yourself…

      • kingoriole 4 years ago

        190 innings 5.10 ERA is great for a 7th starter, ha.

        Millwood is amazingly underrated at this point in his career. I was totally surprised some pitching starved bottom dweller didnt give him a major league contract.

        fWAR – 2.3 average over last three years. Although brWAR hasn’t been as kind, he is still one season removed from 198 inning 3.67 ERA campaign. 8 outta 9 years with over 168 innings pitched.

        Damn good insurance policy. I hate the yankees. They might just escape this season despite a major achilles heal.

  6. Tirameenlasbolas 4 years ago

    Merely adding depth, but man, 30 homers last year. Lefties are going to feast on this guy at Yankee Stadium.

    • I was left to wonder if there wasn’t some way for them to call him up before a road trip and then send him back down at the start of each home stand. (Kidding.)

    • Fangaffes 4 years ago

      Ortiz and Gonzales are drooling at the prospect.

      • captainjeter 4 years ago

        another dumb statement by a Red Sox fan. Stop your chest thumping

        • woadude 4 years ago

          Says Captain Jeter, how is that chest thumping? and could is sound any wussier?

  7. SixAces 4 years ago

    Some people makes a big deal about this as if they signed Millwood to a gigantic contract to pitch as the #2 starter. Hes only there to provide some depth and possibly someone to crunch up all those innings when someone flames out (Colon comes to mind).

    • Tko11 4 years ago

      Youre right they didnt but they did sign Burnett to a gigantic contract to be a #2…and we know how thats going.

      • MB923 4 years ago

        And you guys did the same thing with the extension for Beckett to be your #1/#2 and we know how thats going.

        • RahZid 4 years ago

          Actually we have no idea how that’s going, since it hasn’t even started yet (unless you really care about spring training stats).

          • MB923 4 years ago

            That’s right, I thought he was given the contract in 09. Not last year. Mistake by me.

            On the plus side for Burnett, he gave us a WS ring (and I’m sure there’s a good the chance the Red Sox should get at least 1)

          • RahZid 4 years ago

            Very true although in both cases, I don’t think the ring(s) will be / were because of Beckett or Burnett either. They’re both about average pitchers who are overpaid by big market teams who could afford to overpay based on upside.

          • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

            Classic example(s) of why teams should pay players for they CAN do, not what they HAVE done.

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            Yeah but Burnett had a three good years, including a very good 2008, before they signed him. When he was signed the greatest concern with AJ was that he was a major health risk. In those 3 years with the Jays, in a hitter friendly park, he had a 3.82 FIP, 9 K/9, a 51% GB rate and threw, on average, a 94.7 FB, second to only King Felix. There were only 8 other AL pitchers that better FIP’s than AJ over that 3 year span with the Jays.

            So while he was a major injury risk he had proven to be a very good pitcher in the AL East when healthy. They based their decision on what he did in 2008 as well as 2006 & 2007 so it wasn’t like they signed him based off of what he had done 5 years ago.

            I don’t think anyone that, if healthy, AJ would’ve been this bad as he was in 2010.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            burnett’s ceiling is still that of an ace. he’s just obscenely volatile

          • sweetcaroline2011 4 years ago

            AJ Burnett is a head case and cant pitch in NY……..like Javier Vasquez. He sucks and will get shelled once again along with everyone else in the “Has Been” Yankee Rotation. With the exception of Sabathia……who will be opting out at the end of the year.

          • MB923 4 years ago

            Troll alert

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            neither josh beckett nor a.j. burnett are average pitchers. please

            if justin verlander has a bad year in 2011, will he then be an average pitcher? because he’s currently the 6th most valuable pitcher in baseball over the last three years. which is exactly what beckett was from 2007-2009, before his poor 2010

        • Tko11 4 years ago

          And I dont disagree but people talk as if my comment was irrelevant, at least I’m talking about the same team…lol

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        And that has what to do with the Milwood deal?

        • Tko11 4 years ago

          Because he said they didnt sign Millwood to be their number 2? I just pointed out that the guy they signed to be their number 2 isnt working out…

      • Vmmercan 4 years ago

        It helped win a World Series in year one?

      • SixAces 4 years ago

        Which has nothing to do with this Millwood signing, just saying.

    • “flames out…colon”

      subliminal messaging for Crohn’s Disease?

  8. adam_27h 4 years ago

    Millwood, Colon and Garcia? Would someone tell Cashman it’s not 2005 anymore?

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Would someone please tell “adam” that they were all signed to minor lge deals to compete for the #5 spot or be stashed in AAA?

      • YankeeNinja 4 years ago

        YFS78…All of them have clauses that if they’re not on the ML roster by a certain date (Colon is the 31st, Garcia is the 30th I believe, and Millwood is May 1) that their deals are voided. Not tryin to go against ya, you know I got nothing but love for ya. As for the Sucks… why is it that Yankee fans had to hear for YEARS that we “bought our championships” but all the Sox fans are psyched about this year when they did the same thing?! HYPOCRITES! Adam….check your facts before you open your mouth.

      • Nyankss28 4 years ago

        And so is everyone unemployed male that can throw a baseball, were all competing for the #5 spot or be stashed in AAA!…i hope bartolo doesn’t eat me

  9. You know you’re in trouble when you have to resort to signing a baltimore orioles pitching cast-off!

  10. Ray R 4 years ago

    It’s a minor league deal. SWB should be dominant this year, with a rotation featuring Millwood and Igawa.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      For all the wrong reasons, Igawa probably won’t be with the AAA team at all. I think he went back to Japan if I read correctly.

  11. I like this deal. He is a 4th or 5th starter at best, and can eat up innings mid season if needed. Really, the Yankees are just waiting for the right time to bring up Betances or Banuelos, because those guys are the real deal. Hey, if they can be as good as Phil Hughes, I’d take that in a heartbeat.

    So Millwood can keep the seat warm.

    And who knows what Nova will turn out to be. Maybe he’ll be pretty good and win 10-12 games this year. I’d take that too.

    I’d be more worried if I was a red sox fan. You have to be concerned about Beckett, And the Bucholz thing is pretty scary. But when you have a rotation that depends on Lackey (who is pretty much a 14-12 pitcher who can give you innings but not much more than that) and Dice-BB (who will wind up walking the ball park this year), your hopes for dominating the division are less of a reality today than it was in, say, December. And with your 17th rank farm system, I can’t see anything happening by mid season.

    So yeah, we’ll see what happens in a month or two. By Memorial Day I see NY up by 3 games on the sox.

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      Somebody is in fantasy land. this is a post worth saving for memorial day and rehashing.

      One should remember that 3 of the Sox top 10 prospects were dealt in the Gonzalez deal, including 2 of the top 3 before knocking the system also.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      I really am not in a rush to see either Betances or Banuelos pitch in the rotation this year. No need to rush them. If anything, maybe a Sept callup.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Why bother bringing up the Sox though? The upside of their rotation is better than ours right now?

    • woadude 4 years ago

      In the words of Captain Jeter and his limp wrist at the plate, quit your chest thumping.

  12. johnsilver 4 years ago

    Look at it like this.. he is better than a rancid insurance policy Boston signed to a minor league deal and will have stash FAR away at Pawtucket.. Brandon Duckworth with a “do not break glass except in case of emergency” tag written all over him and Millwood is just a hair better than Duckworth. neither is worth much of anything, except throw garbage time innings and save the bullpen.

    • Wow, those two names bring back some bad memories. In 2003, that was 2/5th of my Phils’ starting roatation.

      The dark days of The Vet…

  13. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    Should be decent depth.

  14. Its a good thing he signed in the AL. This way his team doesn’t have to worry about finding him a stool to sit on in the batter’s box.

  15. iheartyourfart 4 years ago

    Millwood’s xFIP last year was better than Mark Buehrle, Randy Wolf and Barry Zito… and he pitched to AL East hitters all year long. I wouldn’t say he’s done yet.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      good thing yankee stadium isn’t a HR park eh ol boy

      • iheartyourfart 4 years ago

        correct me if i’m wrong, but I thought camden yards and the ballpark at arlington played well for power hitters as well.

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          dey do. but xFIP would be more encouraging if millwood were headed to a more pitcher-friendly environment

          in the last 6 full seasons, millwood’s HR/FB% has gone 10 10 10 9 10 10.6 11.6. i’m not sure we can call his last season unlucky. and i’m very not sure that he’ll see that number drop much in yankee stadium

          for the first time in his career last year, millwood had 0 plus pitches (in terms of runs above average). he missed bats at an all-time low (5.9%), but that low was perfectly in stride with the downward trend over the last few years

          also trending to a new low was his overall strike %, overall swing-rates, and contact rates both in and out of the zone

          if he isn’t done yet, he’s very very close

          • iheartyourfart 4 years ago

            that’s a fair analysis. he’s definitely aged into more of a “crafty” (and i use the term loosely) fly-ball pitcher without any real plus-pitches. However, I think he’s got at least one more (or one half of a) useful season left. Yankee stadium isn’t a much better pitcher’s park than Camden, but the Yankees OF defense is considerably better than the O’s. Also, he won’t have to face the Yankee lineup anymore, which would help just about any pitcher… especially when you replace it with the O’s lineup.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            no doubt. and it’s not like he’s being asked to come in and throw shutouts. if he can keep them in the game through the sixth inning most of the time, that’ll do as a 5th starter. i don’t think it’s a bad signing; i was just nitpicking

          • iheartyourfart 4 years ago

            i agree… the job is like being bruce willis’ hairstylist. there’s a lot of pressure to get it right, but you don’t really have to do that much.

  16. mozelpuffski 4 years ago

    hahaha lmao: desperation at its finest! GO JAYS!

    • BentoBox 4 years ago

      Not really? It’s a depth move.

      • mozelpuffski 4 years ago

        yes it is a “depth move” – you do realize they are grasping at straws and are desperate?

        • And please remind me of the last time the Jays were relevant?….. And no, finally getting someone to take Vernon Wells contract doesn’t count.

          Don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house.

  17. icedrake523 4 years ago

    Millwood and Burnett had nearly identical numbers last year (as well as their careers). Just goes to show how much money you can get with strikeouts, even with a ton of walks.

  18. This the worst shape I’ve seen the Yankees in since ’95

    • YankeeNinja 4 years ago

      Get a grip. Everyone’s crying and moaning and groaning. WHY? AJ will bounce back. The lineup is still one of the best in the league. Russell Martin will be a sleeper this year, and everything else will fall into place. HAVE FAITH!

      • coolstorybro222 4 years ago

        *sigh* i love yankee fans that delude themselves.

    • iheartyourfart 4 years ago

      they looked pretty bad in ’09… i think they managed to win only one world series that year.

  19. Jman1213 4 years ago

    It’s nice to see Millwood finally coming to his senses and realizing he wasn’t getting a guaranteed major league, $4 million deal. I’m not getting all bothered about the Colon/Garcia/Millwood signing. These guys are just keeping the seat warm for the Killer B’s. Maybe the Yankees take a step back this year. They did in 2008, and look what happened the next year. The Red Sox did in 2006, same thing. The Sox took a step back in 2010, and now they’re in prime position to make a World Series run.

  20. Tirameenlasbolas 4 years ago

    Good point. If anyone does want any one of Millwood, Garcia, and Colon and the Yanks want to move them, they’ll be cheap enough to make it a possibility.

  21. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    What exactly are they going to get for any of those guys? Chris Dickerson’s older brother?

  22. bosox21 4 years ago

    Absolutly right. These guys have zero trade value. The reason Millwood signed the minor league deal is because cleary nobody else wanted him. If Garcia, Colon, or Millwood pitch for any other MLB team this season it will be after the Yanks release them to waivers.

  23. woadude 4 years ago

    The Red Sox went to the NL? Great news for Blue Jays fans!!!!

  24. iheartyourfart 4 years ago

    lol @ the red sox rotation. their ace is legit, but behind him is a glorified AJ Burnett, with MLB’s greatest regression candidate behind him (Hughes actually outperformed Buchholz in terms of defense and stadium adjusted ERA), followed by a definitively unremarkable innings eater, with a human arm-problem in the 5-hole.

    A lot of things are going to have to break just right for the red sox to get a good year out of their starting rotation. It seems like the yankees are ironically the mirror-image of the red sox in terms of rotation. The fact that they missed out on Lee and had Pettite retire has put them in the headlines, but this is what i see:

    1 – Lester and CC are both stud pitchers. There’s no two-ways around it.
    2 – Buchholz and Hughes are also weirdly similar. Phil’s win total was pumped up by luck (the offensive production), and Clay’s ERA was also hyped, as his peripherals (FIP, xFip, HR/FB%, etc. show). Both represent question marks, but they seem like solid young pitchers who can move either up or down in performance.
    3 – Burnett and Beckett – Both guys with great stuff, who are notoriously erratic. They can both shut down any lineup on any given day, but sometimes are just as likely to give up 5 homers in a start. Burnett has at least got a better health record in recent years.
    4. Lackey and Nova are slightly divergent… Lackey is proven, but has a very low ceiling. Nova just turned 24, but has awesome stuff and a solid minor league track record.
    5. Dice-K and Garcia have had strikingly similar innings totals over the last 2 seasons (though it seems Garcia has outperformed him slightly). The difference here is that the yankees have Colon and Millwood backing Freddy up, instead of Wakefield.

    I’d say that NY and Boston have rotations that are at least comparable, if not strikingly similar. The sox and yanks both have some talent in the high-level minors that are coming up, but I think anyone would give the yankees an advantage in terms of near-majors pitching prospects.

  25. Dude, first of all Sergio Mitre’s just a long man and he’s a nice piece but he had a horrible Spring. I think Colon can be serviceable as a longman and the Yankees needed to acquire an outfielder look how shallow their outfield is behind the starting 3, You got Jones who I wanted them to sign but I wasn’t impressed with his spring and then Justin Maxwell and Greg Golson as your 5th and 6th outfielders, they needed to add someone. I’m really not that impressed with the Rotation of the Sox but I definitley think they’re better than the Yankees by a lot. The Yankees do have a better bullpen though even with Mitre’s departure even though I like Bard a lot. Besides the pen, I think the Yankees have way to many holes unfilled and I’m not expecting much from them this year.

  26. Tirameenlasbolas 4 years ago

    Right, they have zero value right now, but you never know. It’s possible a contender needs a veteran arm and one of them pitches well enough to interest them, even to use them in long relief. A long shot for sure, but possible.

  27. bomberj11 4 years ago

    (Hughes actually outperformed Buchholz in terms of defense and stadium adjusted ERA)

    Whatever adjusted stat you used was probably not that accurate. Hughes had 18 wins at a 4.19 ERA. Sure the Yankees play in a hitters park. Same with the Red Sox. Buchholz won 17 with little to no run support. Although I agree that Buchholz’ ERA is hyped, you still can’t rely on that stat to say Hughes actually outperformed him. I can’t find the stat for run support for pitchers, but I’m sure Hughes had a much higher run support per start then Buchholz did.

  28. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    3 – what prior to 2010 was erratic about beckett? 2006, his first year in the AL east. if beckett has a poor 2011, he’ll be worse than erratic, he might be over the hill. but until his injury last year, he wasn’t erratic at all – he was one of the 10 best pitchers in baseball

    4 – “Lackey and Nova are slightly divergent”


  29. MB923 4 years ago

    Hughes did not outperform Buchholz. Stadium adjusted ERA is basically ERA+

    ERA+, Hughes- 102, Buchholz- 187 (best in baseball)

  30. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    yes. you shall now be known as rmarx02

  31. tonyyanksfan 4 years ago

    2010 runs scored: Yankees- 859, Red Sox- 818. Why are you so sure that Hughes had so much better run support?

  32. iheartyourfart 4 years ago

    …. i already said hughes’ W-L was hyped by his ridiculous run support. But check out Clay’s fangraphs page… there have been a ton of articles written about him and how his ERA is not indicative of the season he had. The main things to note is that Clay was VERY VERY lucky in terms of HRs per FB % (a good amount is about 10.5%… his previous appearances in the Bigs netted him about 15%, but last year he hit about a 5% rating. Also, his batting average on balls in play was .261. Average hitting and defense generally generates about a .300 average. At the very least, I don’t expect him to be quite so lucky with the long ball next year and that on its own should account for a lot in the AL east.

  33. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Wait, hold up?

    (YFS78 picks up apple and drops it. Gravity is confirmed, all is right in the world).

    BC and I agree on something, haha.

  34. iheartyourfart 4 years ago

    I don’t have Hughes’ average run support stat handy, but as i recall it was insane

  35. iheartyourfart 4 years ago

    i don’t know how you can argue with the numbers… you may not agree with my evaluation of them…. you certainly are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

  36. mozelpuffski 4 years ago

    by everyone and you mean redsox fans then yes you are correct. but if you mean every every one then sorry dude stop drinking the kool-aid.

    do you actually believe that the sox rotation is comparable to the phillies??? hahaha that is better then the yanks signing millwood. haha – sorry i take doc lee and oswalt along with say brian tallet and kevin millwood and laugh to the bank.

    PS if you ask pundits whom they think has the best rotation and you will get phils or a’s. maybe even giants but thx for coming out

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  38. MB923 4 years ago

    Great news for any AL East team fans

  39. mozelpuffski 4 years ago

    that is ok; we are on our way up whereas cant say the same over there…. that being said i do believe (we did) we held a winning record against the yanks last year and it ain’t going to get easier for de yanks! mitre/nova/burnett/garcia/colon/millwood… haha

  40. mozelpuffski 4 years ago

    dude if you can say that i will say this: you are my fav yankee fan. (that stung a bit) very few ive read comments from can state facts as facts and put criticism where it belongs whether on other club or your own = hats off

    signed Jays Fan since 85

  41. sweetcaroline2011 4 years ago

    Hey CaptainPETER or I mean Jeter!!!! Chest thumping? Really? Thats funny because everytime the yankees go out and buy someone all yankee fans do is “chest thump” if thats what you want to call it……..If thats what it is…..Im “chest thumping” too. Along with the rest of Sox Nation. Good luck trying to throw out Crawford and Ellsbury on the bases this year. 3rd place for the Yankees shouldnt come as a surprise this year. Considering they have to check half of there team out of a nursing home just to get them to play.

  42. MB923 4 years ago

    How is Brett Gardner overrated? If anything, he is underrated. And yes we called Brett Gardner the next Ricky Henderson. Keep making stuff up while you’re at it



  43. MB923 4 years ago

    It was, although it should be noted of Hughes 17 wins in games started (he got a win in relief), he gave up 3 runs or less in 14 of them. Yeah he got run support, but a majority of the games he won, he pitched fairly well

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