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Kevin Millwood chose not to opt out of minor-league contract with Red Sox

Jun 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Kevin Millwood AP

Kevin Millwood’s minor-league contract with the Red Sox included a June 20 opt-out clause, but Sam Dykstra of WEEI.com reports that the 35-year-old right-hander decided to remain at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he has a 4.22 ERA and 30/9 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.

Millwood opted out of a minor-league deal with the Yankees in order to sign with the Red Sox in mid-May, which in retrospect looks like a very questionable decision given New York’s need for starting pitching help.

Boston’s rotation has been thinned out by injuries as well, but the Red Sox bypassed Millwood to call up Andrew Miller and Dykstra reports that his fastball has topped out in the high-80s.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    We do need some starting pitching help. That’s why we let him go.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Millwood in the boston rotation would be a dream come true, Millwood getting a 3 year deal by boston would be like heaven

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    He should go sign with Florida- he’s got to be better than Javy Vazquez.

  4. nathanontheshore - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Milwood needs to get the BCT (Bartolo Colon Treatment) this off-season.

  5. pisano - Jun 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    I never thought Boston would be this hard up for pitching to even look at this has been. Just goes to show how thin pitching is at the major league level.

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