According to a baseball source, Boras has pitched 36-year-old right-hander Kevin Millwood as a possible rotation stopgap in the event Andy Pettitte doesn’t come back — and the Yankees have at least listened.
The topic, I am told, even came up again at the Wednesday afternoon meeting in which Boras and Yankees GM Brian Cashman were hammering out the Jones deal. “They’re definitely interested in Millwood, but they’re obviously going to wait to see what Pettitte does,” the source said. “They certainly are not dismissing the idea by any means. They need innings and Millwood can at least give them innings. Really, they don’t have much choice.”
We’re just about a month away until pitchers and catchers have to report to spring training and Pettitte has to make a decision soon. Even if he is not going to comeback, he has to let the Yankees know what he’s going to do. He has told them to go on making their moves and not to let his decision effect them, but there is no way to really do that.
At this point, considering the other options available, the Yankees seem comfortable with letting Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre battle over the fifth spot. They would obviously prefer not to just hand them each a spot in the rotation though. That’s where Millwood and Pettitte come in. If Pettitte doesn’t come back it seems possible that they’ll turn to Millwood as their no. 2 option. Either way, they need one of those two players.
Millwood, 36, is not an exceptionally good pitcher anymore. He has put up ERA’s over 5.00 in three of the last four years, but at least he’s capable of putting up close to 200 innings unlike the rest of the pitchers still available.
The biggest problem I have with Millwood is that if the Yankees give him close to $10 million, they will feel pressure to use him in the rotation no matter how bad he is. If they sign somebody like Freddy Garcia it would be for significantly less dollars. Meaning that if he sucks they won’t feel compelled to keep going to him and could call up a rookie from the minor leagues. Other than that, he’s probably the best pitcher still available.
What do you think? Should the Yankees sign Millwood? Or are the other options more attractive at this point?