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Mariners agree to sign Kevin Millwood

Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:04 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 10:21 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Seattle Mariners and free agent pitcher Kevin Millwood have come to an agreement on a contract, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has learned. It is a minor-league contract with an invite to camp, but Heyman notes Millwood has a good chance to make the team -- maybe even the rotation -- as Mariners skipper Eric Wedge managed Millwood in Cleveland.

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Millwood, 37, nearly retired last season as he failed to find work for much of the spring. Finally he struck up a minor-league deal with the Yankees. After not making the majors come May 1, he was granted free agency and signed by the Red Sox. Then, in August, the Red Sox released Millwood and he was scooped up by the Rockies. For Colorado, Millwood went 4-3 with a 3.98 ERA and 1.22 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings.

The right-hander was an All-Star for Atlanta, but that was all the way back in 1999. In addition to the familiarity with Wedge, Millwood played in the AL West for four seasons, as he was in the Rangers' rotation from 2006 through 2009.

As I alluded to earlier, the Mariners could have a rotation spot for Millwood. After having traded Michael Pineda to the Yankees, the only certainties in the Seattle rotation are Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas. Hisashi Iwakuma is probably the third man, with Millwood, Blake Beavan, Charlie Furbush and Hector Noesi competing for the final two spots. And, of course, last season's first-round draft pick Danny Hultzen is waiting in the wings -- possibly even breaking camp in the rotation and causing that aforementioned group to fight for one spot.

Millwood is 163-140 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in his 15-season career.

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Comments

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Mariners agree to sign Kevin Millwood

I'm not sure what they are paying him, but it looks like a good signing all around.  Seattle gets a veteran pitcher at the back end of the rotation.  Milllwood moves to a ballpark and divisiion that should help him have a decent season.  I don't see him winning 15 games (Hernandez didn't even do that last year).  But if he can keep his ERA under 4.5, he should do alright as a fourth or fifth starter.



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:24 am
 

Mariners agree to sign Kevin Millwood

Gotta put this signing in my memory bank so I don't draft the Mariners pitching staff on MLB.com fantasy leagues.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:33 am
 

Mariners agree to sign Kevin Millwood

Really? Millwood could win 15 games for that Mariner team or any MLB team?  Of course it`s from a drunken Cubs fan. They shoulda signed big Kevin if he had anything left.  M`s vs A`s for worst record and last place in the AL West...very exciting.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:28 pm
 

Mariners agree to sign Kevin Millwood

This is a nice pick up for the Mariners as Millwood will enjoy the pitcher friendly Safeco Field in Seattle. Millwood has always been a great innings eater at every place he's been and this could be a valued asset with Seattle counting on youngsters to round out their rotation.
Right now I just hope that Millwood Pitch good enough for Mariners chance to win, I think that he could win 15 games.



Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:47 pm
 

Mariners agree to sign Kevin Millwood

This is a nice pick up for the Mariners as Millwood will enjoy the pitcher friendly Safeco Field in Seattle. Millwood has always been a great innings eater at every place he's been and this could be a valued asset with Seattle counting on youngsters to round out their rotation.



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:40 pm
 

Mariners agree to sign Kevin Millwood

Perhaps a little weight loss could help his chances??


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