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Kevin Millwood signs with Rockies, could pitch this week

Aug 8, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

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Kevin Millwood opted out of his minor-league contract with the Red Sox over the weekend and it didn’t take him long to find a new gig.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the veteran right-hander has signed with the Rockies and “there’s a chance he could start Wednesday.”

Millwood last started a big-league game on September 29 of last season, throwing seven shutout innings to finish the year 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA. Since then he’s spent Triple-A stints with the Yankees and Red Sox, logging 90 total innings with a 4.32 ERA and 76/31 K/BB ratio.

Given his performance last season, drop in velocity, and mediocre numbers at Triple-A it’s tough to envision the 36-year-old Millwood having a whole lot of success in the majors at this point, particularly calling Coors Field home. Colorado probably just wants a live body with some experience to eat innings with the team out of the playoff picture.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 8, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    ..and fantasy managers everywhere are claiming any available hitters about to face the Rockies…

  2. Old Gator - Aug 8, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Oh priceless. He can’t pitch effectively at sea level anymore so let’s take him to 5000 feet ASL and generate some competition for Richard Branson for the X-Prize.

  3. mjay424 - Aug 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Kevin Millwood will fill a spot in a broken rotation – trade of Ubaldo Jimenez, loss of Jorge De La Rosa to injury, loss of Juan Nicasio from a frightening injury – to eat innings and be a better bet than the pitchers at Triple-A who are not qualified to give the team much chance at winning. A signing that might not prove exciting but will save the bullpen excessive wear and tear.

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