Rumors: Millwood Still Wants Too Much Money, Yankees Waiting

Via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

There is a salary hang-up, with Millwood still asking too much for some teams’ liking at this late stage of free agency. The Mets, Yankees, and Indians are keeping an eye on him.

Kevin Millwood, who is represented by Scott Boras, is reportedly asking for at least $4-$5 million. That is a ton for a pitcher who has had an ERA north of 5.00 in three out of the last four seasons.

The expression, beggars can’t be choosers works well here though as there isn’t much left on the market and Millwood at least has impeccable durability going for him. Eventually some team could break and give in to what he’s demanding.

The Yankees may not have much in the way of pitching, but they do have Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Sergio Mitre, and a group of prospects ready to step up and try to win a spot. Because of that they probably have a limit to how much they’re willing to spend on Millwood and will only sign him if he drops below that line.

The Mets don’t scare me much. They’ve been very frugal this offseason and Millwood’s asking price would have to drop quite a bit for them to be real players.

The team that could step up and sign Millwood is the Indians. He has a history with that team and they always need all the pitching they can get (who doesn’t?). Especially with the likelihood that teams will continue to call about Fausto Carmona until he is moved. If they feel any urgency at all to add another starter they could step up their offer and land him.

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3 Responses to Rumors: Millwood Still Wants Too Much Money, Yankees Waiting

  1. Mike S. says:

    When Cashman pleads patience, a lot of what he has been saying appears to be in waiting for prices to drop on guys such as Garcia, Colon and now Millwood. That and waiting for youngsters to develop this year.

    The “beggars can’t be choosy” saying should be applying not only to the Yankees (I’m not sold on Millwood at all, but as the saying goes … ) but also to Millwood himself.

  2. Susan says:

    I’ve never been one to fret about spending someone else’s money, especially the Steinbrenner’s but even I think Millwood is asking for way too much. While I’ve always liked Millwood, his numbers the past couple years have been awful. For the right price though he could be equal in terms of competing with Freddy Garcia for that 5 spot. But how about Gio Gonzalez? That was one suggestion I’d be all for. Plus he’s a lefty and young.

  3. David K. says:

    Please do not get Millwood. He will make us worse, not better. Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre, Freddy Garcia are all better. It’s not about money, sometimes a guy makes your team worse, not better.