The Yankees just made their Kevin Millwood signing official. ESPNNewYork reports that Millwood can opt out if he’s not on the big league roster by May 1. My guess is that this is nothing but Colon/Garcia insurance, just in case one of those two falls apart in the first month of the season. Here’s the Yankees announcement.
The New York Yankees today signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract. The contract is contingent upon Millwood passing a physical.
Millwood, 36, owns a 159-137 career record with a 4.11 ERA in 414 combined games (406 starts) over 14 Major League seasons with Atlanta (1997-2002), Philadelphia (2003-04), Cleveland (2005), Texas (2006-09) and Baltimore (2010).
Among active pitchers currently signed with a Major League organization, Millwood ranks third in strikeouts (1,940) and fifth in wins, starts and innings pitched (2505.0). He has made at least 30 starts in five of the last six seasons and has surpassed 190.0 IP eight times in his career, including each of the last two seasons (198.2 IP w/ Texas in 2009 and 190.2 IP w/ Baltimore in 2010).
He made 31 starts with the Orioles in 2010, going 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA (190.2 IP, 108 ER) and 132 strikeouts. The Orioles’ Opening Day starter, Millwood finished with the second-worst run support in the American League in 2010 (3.26 runs/game), trailing only Seattle’s Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez (3.10).
Millwood limited opponents to three runs or less in nearly half of his outings in 2010 (14 of 31) and tossed at least 6.0 innings 19 times. Over his final 10 starts of the season, he went 2-5 with a 3.29 ERA (65.2IP, 24ER).