The Yankees have an open competition going for the final two spots of their rotation. For the past few weeks it seemed only a matter of time before Kevin Millwood joined that competition. As of yesterday that appears to be over.
“If I feel something out there can help and the price is right, I’m not afraid of it,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “But there’s nothing I’m involved with right now. Zero. I’m not in active talks with anybody.”
Sherman notes that the sides will continue to talk, but based on Cashman’s quote that might not be the case. Besides, spring training has officially started and pitchers have been in camp for a week already. If Millwood, who was said to be looking for a guaranteed deal in the $4-$5 million range, hasn’t signed yet it doesn’t look promising that he’ll change his mind.
Now a few things can happen from here. Millwood could sign with the Indians, who have had interest in him, but on a minor league deal. Or Millwood could just sit tight and wait for the Yankees pitching to implode (if it implodes at all).
His best bet is to just wait for a spot to open up because it’s only a matter of time before some team has an injury and needs a starter. Millwood may not be a great pitcher any more, but he can still get the job done and be counted on for nearly 200 innings.
What do you think? Are the Yankees smart to hold their ground in negotiations with Millwood? Or stupid because they desperate need pitching help right now?