• Kevin Millwood?

    Posted by on April 29th, 2008 · Comments (13)

    From Ken Rosenthal today –

    The Rangers can only dream of moving Padilla, who is erratic and earning $23 million in 2008 and ’09. Millwood, too, is expensive, but he could be perfect for a team such as the Yankees, who would value his stable presence in their rotation.

    The Yankees remain deep in young pitching, and they’ve got two promising outfielders, Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata, at Class AA. As crazy as it might sound, the Rangers should include significant cash in a Millwood deal with the Yankees or another high-revenue team, enabling them to effectively buy prospects.

    Millwood is earning $8.5 million this season, $11 million next season and $12 million in 2010, but his deal could be voided before ’10 if he fails to meet certain innings thresholds.

    Millwood is an interesting pitcher – in that he always seems to start pitching better about 15 to 20 starts into the season. But, I’m not sure he’s got the stomach for New York? Plus, he’s old and had two years left on his contract after this season. There’s no reason, whatsoever, for the Yankees to trade a blue-chip prospect like Jackson, Tabata, or Horne for him.

    But, if the Rangers wanted to throw in a bunch of bucks to cover some of his salary, and they were willing to accept a prospect package along the lines of Jeffrey Marquez, Austin Krum, and Steven Jackson for Millwood and the cash, well, maybe it’s something to think about?

    Comments on Kevin Millwood?

    1. baileywalk
      April 29th, 2008 | 12:44 pm

      Rosenthal, Sherman, Heyman, and every other bullshit-spewing rumor-writer should be stuffed in a box and thrown off a pier.

      If the Yankees traded Austin Jackson for Kevin Millwood, I would officially no longer be a fan of the team. That’s the worst trade imaginable. In fact, it’s the type of trade the media would bash their brains in about. The “old George” kind of trade. These writers are the biggest hypocrites.

      Millwood had an insanely good year with the Indians (I think he led the league in ERA that year) and turned it into a fat contract with the Rangers. He hasn’t been that good since then.

      The pitcher who’s going to be added to the rotation is named Joba Chamberlain. It’s easier to replace a setup man than find an ace waiting for you mid-season.

    2. MJ
      April 29th, 2008 | 1:00 pm

      Rosenthal, Sherman, Heyman, and every other bullshit-spewing rumor-writer should be stuffed in a box and thrown off a pier.
      Took the words right out of my mouth.

      Why would the Yanks want to save Texas from their mistake?

    3. Rich
      April 29th, 2008 | 1:18 pm

      It doesn’t pass the laugh test.

    4. TurnTwo
      April 29th, 2008 | 1:21 pm

      IMO, I’d rather take a gamble at moving a couple prospects and hope Rich Harden stays healthy than move valuable prospects for Millwood.

      Or if the Yankees have even the most remote of thoughts about moving AJackson or JTabata, you make a run at a pitcher like Roy Oswalt, not Kevin Millwood.

      But Cashman wouldnt move either for Johan, so what makes Rosenthal or anyone think he’d do so for Kevin Millwood?

    5. TurnTwo
      April 29th, 2008 | 1:24 pm

      Basically, just another scenerio in which a stink-ass team has an overpriced veteran they’d like to pawn off, and the Yankees have money to burn, so why not assume they’d be interested, so thats what will be written.

      really lazy journalism if you ask me.

    6. EdB
      April 29th, 2008 | 1:32 pm

      Horne, Heredia and Vecchionacci for Harden? He can’t have that much value with his health history.

    7. JohnnyC
      April 29th, 2008 | 2:25 pm

      Ken Rosenthal? Puh-leeze. That man has yet to utter a kind word about the Yankees in the length and breadth of his professional life. Plus, he looks like a stalker, hunkered down the way he is behind the home dugout on the FOX Saturday game every week.

    8. antone
      April 29th, 2008 | 2:30 pm

      This isn’t going to happen and it wouldn’t make any sense.

      Mussina has been pitching good enough for now to go along with Wang and Petitte, that the Yanks can afford to wait and see what happens with Hughes and Kennedy before they make any moves.

    9. Joel
      April 29th, 2008 | 2:41 pm

      Millwood very much intrigues me. The guy is a horse and he has pitched in a pitchers’ graveyard in Texas for the past 2+ years.

      You could pencil him in for around 200IP and 15 wins with a team like the Yanks.

      I don’t know much about Austin Jackson. How big-time is he? Is he supposed to be the next Ken Griffey, Jr. or something like that?

    10. MJ
      April 29th, 2008 | 4:00 pm

      Millwood very much intrigues me.
      You want to pay close to $30M for a guy with a career ERA+ of 110? That’s a lot of money to pay for a little bit better than league average.

      I’m not saying he’s the worst thing in the world but I don’t know that I’d trade prospects for him. At the very least, Texas would have to pay a big portion of his salary for me to even consider it.

      As far as the Rich Harden idea is concerned: HELL NO. He’s talented but there’s no honor in having all that talent sitting on your DL for close to 45 days a season. Why trade anything to Oakland to get them out from under that headache?

    11. Joel
      April 29th, 2008 | 4:25 pm

      MJ–$10 million per year for 30+ starts and 200IP is a bargain in today’s market.

    12. antone
      April 29th, 2008 | 4:34 pm

      I don’t think the Yanks can afford to give up any position prospects, especially in the outfield, where they are pretty old besides Melky.

      I would also pass on Harden. I’d like to see the stupid GM who trades the farm for a guy who hasn’t pitched a full season in how many years now???…Maybe if you could get him for nothing I would do it but I don’t think Beane is that desperate to unload him.

      ..but yeah thank god the Yankees didn’t sign Barry Zito huh? Although Igawa, Pavano, and Jaret Wright together probably equals Zito.

    13. RollingWave
      April 30th, 2008 | 2:19 am

      it’s only worth it if it cost close to nothing but money.

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