Yankees are close to signing Kevin Millwood to an incentive-laden minor-league deal
The Yankees have been eying Millwood ever since Andy Pettitte announced his retirement and it looks like they may have finally landed him. Millwood hasn’t drawn much interest this offseason, but he rejected a minor league offer from the Yankees back in February. The Yankees however remained interested and even went to watch him pitch just over a week ago. Their patience paid off as Millwood, who was holding out for a guaranteed deal worth at least $4 million appears to have caved and is taking what the Yankees are offering.
At this point Millwood has missed most of spring training and will likely have to start the season in Triple-A Scranton where he’ll have to work himself into game shape. Meanwhile the Yankees will still likely start the season with Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon in the rotation with the loser probably getting the longman spot in the bullpen. That likely scenario would probably mean the end of Sergio Mitre‘s days in pinstripes.
It’s hard to love this deal, but it’s hard to hate it as well. Millwood certainly hasn’t pitched well over the past few years, but he has proven to be an able innings eater. Considering that gambling on the health of Colon and Garcia isn’t too smart that’s probably a good thing. The Yankees also didn’t appear to think most of their young prospects are ready for the big leagues at this point as no one with rookie eligibility got much of a look this spring except for Nova.
So signing Millwood seems to be insurance in case somebody goes down with an injury early in the spring or Nova isn’t quite ready for the big leagues. This will also give their minor leaguers more time to develop as they will be much less likely to be rushed to the Bronx in an emergency situation with Millwood on board.
Millwood isn’t a good pitcher, but overall it’s hard to hate this move. It doesn’t cost them anything and it just provides them with an extra level of security. It’s certainly nothing to get excited over though.
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