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Mariners sign Kevin Millwood to minor league contract

Jan 22, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

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The Mariners have added a touch of gray to their otherwise-under-30 starting rotation depth chart.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Seattle agreed to a minor league contract on Sunday evening with veteran righty Kevin Millwood.

The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, where Millwood will get a legitimate chance at claiming a spot as the club’s third, fourth or fifth starter. (It gets kind of murky there beyond Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas).

Millwood, 37, posted a surprising 3.98 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in nine starts for the Rockies last season, issuing only eight walks in 54 1/3 innings. He’ll challenge Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma and youngsters Blake Beavan, Hector Noesi and Charlie Furbush down in Mariners camp.

  1. p1nick - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Heh…furbush…

  2. b7p19 - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Wait, what happened to Heyman at CNNSI?

  3. matthewtrueblood - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    @b7p9 Hilarious!

  4. dondada10 - Jan 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    The headline says Millwood but the photo is of Will Ferrell.

    • Kyle - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM

      Milk was a bad choice…

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      I thought that was an 80′s shot of Tim Robbins?

    • dirkified - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      did Kenny Powers shave?

  5. crisisjunky - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Last stop professionally, and geographically before heading to Japan.

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