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?