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Kevin Millwood officially opts out of contract with Yankees

May 1, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

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Yankees fans, the Kevin Millwood Era is over.

From Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet comes word that the right-hander officially opted out of his contract with the Yanks on Sunday morning and is now a free agent, clear to sign with any team.

Millwood held out all spring for a guaranteed big league roster spot before finally agreeing to a minor league contract with the Yankees on March 25. He was sent Double-A Trenton initially and was fantastic in his first start, allowing just one hit over seven dominant innings, but he was shelled in two outings after moving on to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees informed him Sunday that he was not going to be promoted anytime soon, so Millwood used the May 1 opt out clause in his contract and can now begin searching for a new gig.

Millwood, 36, registered a 5.10 ERA and 1.51 WHIP across 31 starts for the Orioles last season.

  1. yankeesfanlen - May 1, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Another tragedy averted!

    • uyf1950 - May 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      I wonder if the Triple A players threw him a going away party. Now he’s got to hope some unsuspecting team really, really, really is desperate and needs a starter.

  2. garryfish - May 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I think it’s time to retire, Kevin!

  3. pisano - May 1, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    All I can say is there must be someone looking out for the Yankees, this guy is a train wreck waiting to happen.

    • nyyankeefanforever - May 1, 2011 at 6:12 PM

      Prediction: Red Sox pick him up and stash him in Pawtucket along with Aceves. Theo won’t be able to resist.

  4. nyyankeefanforever - May 1, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    ‘Bout time. He was just sucking innings and blocking progress from the Killer B’s

  5. purdueman - May 1, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Watch and see… Millwood will be a Cub by this time next week.

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