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Red Sox sign Kevin Millwood to minor league contract

May 19, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood has found a new home in the American League East.

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Millwood and the Red Sox agreed to terms on a minor league contract late Thursday evening.

Millwood opted out of his minor league deal with the Yankees on May 1 after posting a 4.50 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 10/6 K/BB ratio over three minor league starts and failing to gain a promotion to the majors. Things probably won’t go much better for him in the Red Sox’ system, but he could be a last-resort option if injuries begin plaguing what’s left of the Boston starting rotation.

Millwood, 36, turned in a 5.10 ERA and 1.51 WHIP across 31 outings last season for the Orioles.

  1. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 19, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Guy is obviously not very good , but you can’t get any worse then Lackey and Dice K have pitched the last few starts .

  2. pisano - May 19, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    You have to be desperate to sign this has been. Hell, things can’t be that bad in Boston.

    • uyf1950 - May 19, 2011 at 11:03 PM

      My friend, Millwood signs enough minor league deals and he’ll wind up making his $4 or $5M this year.

      • pisano - May 19, 2011 at 11:44 PM

        Good point partner, but what I was wondering was where is all this outstanding pitching that they were supposed to have that was going to make them run away with the AL east. I think it’ll be a tight three way race for the AL east and whoever can land someone special at the trade deadline will probably get the upper hand. As you say: just my opinion.

      • paperlions - May 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM

        Nah, those don’t come with any kind of bonus and aren’t guaranteed, he’s just paid while he on the roster, and he gets paid like a minor leaguer.

      • uyf1950 - May 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM

        paperlions, it was a joke. BTW, I believe he actually gets paid the pro-rated portion of whatever he signed as a minor league deal. For Example: If he signed a $750,000 minor league deal he gets the pro-rated portion of that money.

      • paperlions - May 20, 2011 at 10:08 AM

        Understood, sometimes hard to tell in text.

      • uyf1950 - May 20, 2011 at 10:21 AM

        paperlions, I know that feeling. I’ve mistaken several posters comments. No big deal.

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