Rumors: Millwood Rejects Yankees Offer, Talks Appear Over

kevin-millwoodThe 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.”

The Yankees had made Millwood a non-guaranteed minor league offer similar to the one Freddy Garcia signed, but Millwood turned it down, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

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?

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6 Responses to Rumors: Millwood Rejects Yankees Offer, Talks Appear Over

  1. Joe says:

    I agree with Susan. This guy stinks.

  2. Susan says:

    Good. One less has been we have to worry about. This guy is delusional of he thinks he’s worth that kind of money.

  3. Dante says:

    200+ innings of Deadwood… geez ….let one of the kids get a shot…please.

  4. Mike S. says:

    Game of chicken. Neither one wants to blink. Beggars can’t be choosey. (Cue Smokey Robinson’s classic song). But no reason why Millwood, coming off 4-16, 5.10 should think he’s above a minor league deal as Garcia (12 wins, lower ERA) got.

  5. Becky Bravo says:

    At the Stadium, I was watching his ERA rise every 2 pitches.

    Oh yes. If Yanks pitching implodes, Old Dusty Millwood will be the answer to our problems.

  6. Yomommasan says:

    Hey, dumbass, now that Holin' yer Colon and Unready Freddy Garcia are pitching lights out (albeit against A league ballplayers), still think yer worth a guaranteed $5 mil?????

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