Sep 22, 2009, 10:10 AM EDT
Kevin Millwood not only delivered his longest outing since June on Monday night against the Athletics, he also guaranteed himself $12 million for the 2010 season. He finally surpassed that elusive 180 innings mark with a fifth-inning double play.
“I knew what I had to get to. But I wanted to get deep
in the game and win the ballgame. If I do that, everything else will
take care of itself.”
Millwood went 8-5 with a 2.64 ERA
through the first three months of the season, but has really struggled
since, going just 3-5 with a 5.66 ERA. After his last start was
skipped, many were wondering if the Rangers would purposely trying to
prevent the option from vesting, however it appears he just needed some
extra time to work on mechanics with pitching coach Mike Maddux.
Now that Millwood is guaranteed $12
million for 2010, it likely limits general manager Jon Daniels’
ability to upgrade the team in the free-agent market. Owner Tom Hicks has already borrowed millions from Major League Baseball, and in turn, the Rangers were reportedly forced to lowball first-round pick Matt Purke. It’s a real shame for a team that clinched their first winning season since 2004 on Monday night.
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