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Orioles 'close' to getting Millwood from Rangers

Dec 9, 2009, 2:24 PM EDT

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are “very close” to acquiring Kevin Millwood from the Rangers in exchange for Chris Ray. This morning the newspaper noted that Baltimore would assume the bulk of Millwood’s remaining contract, which pays him $12 million in 2010, so that’s presumably why Texas is willing to part with him for a relatively minimal return.
Ray was once a very promising young reliever and took over closing duties in Baltimore as a 24-year-old in 2006, but missed all of 2008 following Tommy John elbow surgery and struggled in his return, posting a 7.27 ERA in 43.1 innings. He’s arbitration eligible for the first time and was thought to be a non-tender candidate, so while not without value to the Rangers acquiring Ray seems secondary to shedding Millwood’s salary.
Millwood has gone 48-46 with a 4.57 ERA for the Rangers since signing a five-year, $60 million deal as a free agent in December of 2005, including 13-10 with a 3.67 ERA over 31 starts in 2009. His poor 123/71 K/BB ratio suggests a regression is likely for 2010, but he figures to be good for 180 innings of league-average pitching and Baltimore can certainly use the rotation help.

  1. summerof67 - Dec 9, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Poor Orioles fans. They deserve better.

  2. Jeff V. - Dec 9, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    We have better, it just isn’t quite ready to log 200 innings in the big leagues yet. The O’s gave up very little to get a guy that will eat innings and hopefully keep his ERA around 5.00.
    With Matusz, Tillman, Arrieta, Erbe and Britton coming up over the next couple of years this should work out ok.
    The cash is irrelevant since there are no big ticket items the O’s want this year and the overall payroll has been dropping steadily as bad contracts come off the books.

  3. YANKEES1996 - Dec 9, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    I thought the O’s were looking for good young arms to go with their good young bats? Well, one bad contract off the books, one bad contract on the books, huh Mr. Angelos?

  4. Grant - Dec 9, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    As an O’s fan who has been wary of MacPhail sniffing around Millwood, I’m actually OK with this. Ray doesn’t look like much anymore, and the rotation was so bad that Millwood should be fine. I’m not in love with the guy, but the rest of his contract is pretty short and somebody’s gotta pitch next year. He can soak some innings while Matusz and Tillman get better and the other guys coming along log mL time.

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