Toward 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.