The Yankees are close to signing Kevin Millwood to an "incentive-laden" minor league contract, reports Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated (Twitter link). Millwood is represented by Scott Boras.
The free agent right-hander has been linked to the Yankees at several points this winter, and turned down a minor league offer from the club last month. We heard last week that the Yankees offered another minor league deal in the low seven-figure range after watching Millwood in a throwing session, but the veteran was still hoping for a Major League contract in the neighborhood of $4MM.
Though New York has been looking for pitching all winter, the timing of this signing is a bit ironic since it seemed as if the questions about the back of the Yankees' rotation had largely been answered during Spring Training. Ivan Nova has reportedly locked up the No. 4 spot behind C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett, while either Freddy Garcia or a resurgent Bartolo Colon would be the fifth starter. Of course, neither Nova, Garcia or Colon are sure things, so it helps the Yankees to have a proven innings-eater like Millwood on the roster. As Heyman notes in a follow-up tweet, Garcia or Colon will begin the season as the No. 5 starter while Millwood gets into pitching form.
The Yankess will be Millwood's sixth franchise in his 15-year Major League career. The 36-year-old has thrown at least 168 2/3 innings and made at least 29 starts in all but three of those seasons. Millwood is coming off a rough year with Baltimore in 2010, when he posted a career-high fly ball rate, a career-low ground ball rate and a 5.10 ERA in 31 starts with the O's.
Minor league depth never hurts, but I suppose this means there’s at least two out of the Garcia/Nova/Colon/Mitre bunch that they’re not sure of.
East Coast Bias
I think it’s just a matter of signing as many low risk options and hoping at least one of them works out.
Well if they’re afraid Colon/Garcia will break down in the rotation, I understand that Millwood would at least be able to eat innings while they get someone else, but how long would he actually be willing to stay around on a minor league deal?
Thisis why you don’t believe Cashman when he says that he not looking for pitching or that he has no options.
At least it is a minor league deal. I don’t like the idea of either Garcia or Colon as the 5th starter or Millwood, but also at least Millwood is an innings eater. But, if the Yankees decide to use him, they better hope he has a better year than he did with the Orioles last year. What did he win for them ? Like 2 games and lost how many ? That makes AJ’s year look like a Cy Young year.
Oh boy. At least it’s a minor league deal.
Does this mean he’ll start in the minors?
Can this Millwood fellow pitch?
Yeah, he’s not bad
-Nameless Yankees Scout
Hey Cash, I can pitch too!!!!!!
Oh Ollie, you just…keep on…doing your thing. If my son needs t-ball practice. I’ll come get you.
Lame, and Perez has already signed.
Since when does someone’s current contract status prevent anyone here from doing jokes?
HUMOR AT ALL COSTS
It doesn’t prevent JOKES. (I’m just a jerk)
obvious, we all are on this site
Censorship was not my intent. I’ll refer you again to the former half of my previous reply.
Eh. As much as we try, not everything can be a gem. Just like an Ollie Perez start AMIRITE?
damn all these spring traning for nothing
Can he pitch?
my, you have a lot to say today.
1 week ’til baseball.
Pretty sure we’re all a little stir-crazy waiting for the new season.
mlbtr doesnt even have any good articles , start baseball season start
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Showalter already said he was taken out of context… Of course everyone who regrets what they’ve said say they’ve been taken out of context.
Funny… I’ve only just seen the Orioles as the pathetically run organization of the AL East. Now with Showalter I actually have a reason to dislike them. I hope he enjoys 5th place.
the article i read said showalter said he wished he wouldve toned down his comments..but he at no point backed off of them or denied saying them in any way..what article did you read that he said he was taken out of context?
boston dot com. Not the greatest news source… or most reliable. But still, Showalter is less than intelligent (see, I’m pretending to be nice).
he is a motivator not a philosopher after all he worked for espn
This is quite amusing. I’m truly scared…ahaaaa this is going to be a good year Go Red Sox.
I think the yanks would be best served to release mitre and then use colon out of the bullpen. he has shown good stuff in ST, but i don’t think he can go to 100 pitches or throw too many innings this year. he can be a long reliever and a spot starter, and maybe maintain his increased velocity and K rate if he maxes out at 50 pitches instead of 100. and that will decrease concerns over his conditions and durability because he won’t be called upon to shoulder (as it were) a starter’s workload.
I think people look for too much meaning in spring training. It’s more about seeing what place the kids should be in the minors and for teams with rosters mostly set, who should win the 25th man spot. Other than that, predictable players will react predictably.
for a player like millwood or garcia, i completely agree that they will react predictably. they are both 3 runs in 6 innings every start type of guys, and there is value in that. i think the unpredictability comes from relative unknowns such as colon who has not pitched in the majors in a couple years and is working hard to get back, or nova who is a rookie looking to break in. that’s the importance of spring training in my opinion.
Colon also has a tendency to just sort of disappear.
Colon and disappear in the same sentence there’s a first lol.
Yeah, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find him.
Look, he’s hiding behind that elephant!
Except I doubt yanks fans will still be happy about Colon in June and Nova was pretty much already guaranteed a rotation spot.
Red sox haven’t made the playoffs in two years. And the yanks are better off this ye than last
0 out of 2
“Red sox haven’t made the playoffs in two years.”
Ummm, what? I’d retake preschool math if I were you.
Preschoolers do math? Man, I got gypped.
Probably 1+1=2 and stuff, but really all you need to know is how to count to figure out how many times the Red Sox made the playoffs the past two seasons.
East Coast Bias
Why didn’t Millwood sign earlier? At least that way, he could have displayed what he had to offer in spring training in hopes of making the team.
trying to squeeze out the best deal?
Instead the only deal he squeezed out belongs in a toilet.
It’s a great depth move. In a month teams will be digging in the dirt for a guy like Millwood to come in and throw innings for them. The Yankees are smart to load up in case Nova/Garcia/Colon struggle or if AJ Burnett is not better than he was last year. They’re not asking Millwood to win 18 games or replace Pettitte. They are, however, giving the team as many options as possible so they don’t rush the young arms who all have inning limitations this season. I like how the Yankees are covering their bases and they haven’t made a panic move yet.
I agree. There are no front of rotation guys to be had and there’s no reason to rush any of the kids. Sign as many of these guys to minorlge deals and let the season sort things out.
I have to admit, the back half of the yanks’ rotation doesn’t look THAT bad. I always liked Nova, and a combo of Millwood/Colon/Garcia in the 5th and swingman spots is better than what a lot of playoff teams have got. FIP and xFIP had Millwood and Garcia posting Joe Blanton-esque seasons in 2010. Heck, they’ve all been performing on par with what the Red Sox have gotten out of the 5 spot anyway.
The whole idea of a #5 starter is kind of a misnomer as the majority of teams will end up using at least a few guys in that spot over the course of the season. I wouldn’t be surprised if all 3 guys made starts in 2011 at some point while the yanks decide who is going to be the best fit until playoff time, when they will all inevitably be left off the roster.
The first three spots are what wins in the playoffs. the 2011 versions of CC/Burnett/Hughes seem likely to outperform 2009’s CC/Burnett/Pettite. The yankees are always built for the playoffs… the question is just whether the pitching can give them what they need during the regular season.
Ehh, just for backup in case Colon or Garcia do bad and breakdown. This wouldn’t be as bad as an Ollie minor league signing.
Cheap, no risk, minor league. Approved!