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Indians “making progress” in talks with Kevin Millwood

Feb 5, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports this morning that the Indians are “making progress” in talks with free agent right-hander Kevin Millwood. Indians CEO Paul Dolan would have to approve the signing if it’s a major league deal.

We heard the other day that Millwood was looking for $4-5 million, but that seems highly unlikely. The 36-year-old right-hander went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA over 31 starts with the Orioles last season.

On the bright side, Millwood has logged at least 190 innings in each of the last two seasons and would likely benefit with a return to the pitcher-friendly Progressive Field. Remember, he led the American League with a 2.86 ERA as a member of the Indians back in 2005.

Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com notes that the possible addition of Millwood could impact the market for right-hander Jeremy Bonderman, who has also been connected to the Indians in recent weeks.

  1. Utley's Hair - Feb 5, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    DJ, not to critique your work too much, but I would change the headline her to “Millwood ‘making progress’ in getting overpaid by Indians.”

  2. writtenbyross - Feb 5, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Dear Indians, when I replied to your season ticket e-mail by saying I need to see some willingness to pay a few free agents to add to the core of young prospects this isn’t what I had in mind. Yikes.

    • D.J. Short - Feb 5, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      Yeah, kind of a blah signing, for sure. But the Indians choices for fifth starter aren’t pretty. Jeanmar Gomez, Josh Tomlin, David Huff and Anthony Reyes? I guess I’d favor Tomlin right now, but yuck.

  3. xmatt0926x - Feb 5, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Not a big Milwood fan here. He’s had a few good seasons right at contract time and has been one of these guys that found that magic diet and excercise plan just in time to get his new contract but at any other time he’s bloated and lazy. It’s sad when Nolan Ryan has to sit you down and tell you that you have dissapointed him with your lazy efforts. He’s now pitching right where he needs to be. Somewhere where there wont be any expectations and he can just go through the motions and get his paycheck.

  4. Panda Claus - Feb 5, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Doubt Millwood will anywhere near as bad as in 2010. And considering his salary will also be about 60% less, it wouldn’t be that bad of a signing.

    But I should warn you–I’ve been wrong before.

  5. proudlycanadian - Feb 5, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Better sign him fast before the Yankees go after him.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 5, 2011 at 5:32 PM

      proudlycanadian – you seem to be awfully interested in who the Yankees sign. You might try and spend just a little more time interested in the Jays off season that is unless you think Drabek is going to get them over the top. Since it’s been 17 years since the Blue Jays have made an appearance in the post season, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen in 2011 for the Blue Jays either.

      • pisano - Feb 6, 2011 at 11:48 PM

        uyf1950… I agree with you I’ve never seen a Jays fan so intimidated by the Yankees.I guess he’s so tired of being at the bottom and looking up at the Yankees that he’s obsessed with slamming them. Good luck to the Jays, maybe they can stay ahead of the O”s and the Rays and out of the cellar.

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