Yankees Watched Kevin Millwood Pitch This Morning

Kevin MillwoodToward the end of the offseason it looked as if it were only a matter of time before the Yankees signed free agent starter Kevin Millwood, but after the 36-year-old veteran turned down a minor league contract offer, it seemed as those chances were dead.

A few weeks into spring training and it seems as if the possibility of Millwood in Pinstripes is not dead yet, this morning the Yankees were on hand at UC Irvine to watch the free agent pitch, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

Since missing out on Cliff Lee and reluctantly watching Andy Pettitte retire, the Yankees have been desperate for starting pitching. Recently though they seem to be less desperate and more comfortable with the idea of Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, and Ivan Nova winning starting jobs. But perhaps they are still not entirely sold on those three and none of the prospects without major league experience, Hector Noesi, Adam Warren, and David Phelps, have impressed much in camp. So taking a look to see what Millwood has left can’t hurt.

The biggest question remains though, will Millwood impress the Yankees enough for them to up their offer from the minor league contract they offered him? And if they aren’t willing to increase their offer, would Millwood now be desperate enough for a job that he would accept the deal that he already rejected earlier this spring?

We will, of course, keep you posted once we hear something new on this.

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8 Responses to Yankees Watched Kevin Millwood Pitch This Morning

  1. Mike S. says:

    …and of course, at this point in spring training, should the Yanks sign him, how far along would Millwood be? Would he need to stay in extended spring training and join the yanks on say, May 1st? I'm one not sold on Millwood, but should they sign him, when would be a realistic date that he would actually appear in a game?

  2. I don't know. He's a Scott Boras client and from what I hear he provides his athletes with deluxe training facilities. If he's really looking to sign with another team instead of retiring, he could easily be working out every day. We really don't know either way.

  3. dutchsailor says:

    I don't know — the way the russian (Ivanova) pitched tonight, who needs another starter?

  4. Mike S. says:

    Joel Sherman reporting on Twitter that Millwood only hit 85.

  5. Franco Kotos says:

    i agree with the Boras connection…if I'm remembering this well enough, i think Millwood was asking for way too much money…

  6. Susan says:

    Let's forget about this slug. He hasn't been good in years. Nova looks good so far and if AJ somehow turns things around all will be well.

  7. loonidood says:

    Millwood's stats from last year makes Javier Vasquez look like a Cy Young contender.

  8. Joe says:

    I wouldn't go across the street to see this guy pitch. We have players on our local high school team that could match his velocity.