Tag:Kevin Millwood
Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:29 am

Players look toward their future

'Tis the season to look toward next season…

And several high-profile names are doing just that. Here's a quick roundup of some of those:

Jason Varitek Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek: with his eyes watering, the Red Sox captain says he doesn't want to retire, but knows that could mean he has to play somewhere else: "You try not to think about it," Varitek told reporters, including the Boston Herald 's Scott Lauber , "and I hope you guys don't ask me too much about it over the weekend. But it's there. Definitely."

Varitek and starter Victor Martinez will both be free agents after the season and the Red Sox also have Jarrod Saltalamacchia under contract. Last season the Red Sox decline their $5 million option on Varitek's contract, but he exercised a $3 million option to stay.

A.J. Pierzynski White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski: "You guys are talking like there's no chance I'm coming back. Apparently, you guys know something that I don't know, so fill me in," Pierzynski said to reporters, including the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley .

Pierzynski will be a free agent after the season, but he would prefer to stay with the White Sox.

"Everyone knows where I stand with the White Sox and the people and the city," Pierzynski said. "I've never said that I don't want to come back. The door is open. But we'll see what happens. It takes two to do that, make it possible."

Kevin Millwood Orioles starter Kevin Millwood:
"The only think I'm certain of right now is that I want to play again next year," Millwood told the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec . "I'm just going to go in the offseason thinking about preparing for next season."

Millwood is 3-16 with a 5.29 ERA and will be a free agent.

Adam Dunn Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn: While so many of these other names are near the end of their career, Dunn will be 31 next season and has 354 career home runs. He's hit .264/.361/.547 this season and has a career OPS+ of 133, including 142 this season.

Still, he's a defensive liability and because of that, there have been some reports the Nationals aren't interested in bring him back . Dunn has said he'd like to return to Washington, but even that seems up in the air at this point.

"If you guys don't realize how sick and tired I am of talking about it, you probably wouldn't ask me every day," Dunn told Mark Zuckerman of NatsInsider.com . "Again, I wish it would have been over a long time ago. It's not, and it's not the worst thing that's every happened to me. My job's to play and my agent's job is to worry about the rest."

Today could be his last at Nationals Park in a Nationals uniform.

"I don't know," Dunn said. "I'm not going to go into [Wednesday] going: 'This is my last home game ever,' cry and hand out Adam Dunn baseball cards. I'm not going to do that. I don't know what y'all want me to say. I don't know what's going to happen. If I did, I would tell you."

Several teammates said they hope Dunn will be back.

"He's such a good guy to have in the clubhouse," Drew Storen said. "He's just a good personality to have as a teammate. Obviously, the numbers, the power in clutch situations, speak for themselves. But I think not having him around in the clubhouse would be the thing I miss the most."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 5:31 pm

Looking ahead at Indians 2011 rotation

Fausto Carmona It's possible the Indians' rotation could have five new faces in it for 2011.

Granted, Fausto Carmono would have to be traded, Justin Masterson sent to the bullpen, Carlos Carrasco back to Triple-A and even then that leaves Mitch Talbot to deal with.

Regardless, the 2011 Indians rotation has the potential to be drastically different than the five pitchers who logged the most starts: Masterson, Carmona (pictured), Talbot, Jake Westbrook and David Huff.

Huff seems to be on the outs as the organization has soured on him, plus his 6.21 ERA is rather unsightly. Masterson has struggled against left-handed batters and may be better suited to the bullpen, where he will move to shortly as he approaches his innings limit. While Masterson may be better suited in the bullpen, the Indians have so far refused to make that official switch with manager Manny Acta saying Masterson "will be sent home as a starter," reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer .

Then there's Carmona, who is just 26 and locked up to a deal through 2011 plus affordable club options through 2014. That made him a hot commodity at the trade deadline, and even though Carmona can log plenty of innings for the Indians in that time frame, the fact remains the Indians are one-to-two years away from even thinking about contending. Carmona is one of the team's remaining valuable trade assets, so bet on Cleveland heavily considering moving him.

The last member with a lot of starts is Mitch Talbot, who got the year off to a promising start, posting a 3.99 ERA in 17 starts, but the second half has been full of injuries and regression to the mean. Oh, and did I mention he has a 6.03 ERA at home and 2.86 mark on the road? Not exactly the model of consistency you're looking for out of a starter.

So what will happen in 2011? The guess here is that recently recalled Carlos Carrasco will find himself with a rotation spot after a successful Triple-A stint, with Talbot and Masterson joining them. Talbot is a young, cost-controllable righty who can at the very least soak up innings, while Masterson and the organization needs to come together and find a pitch to get lefties out with.

Another rotation spot will likely go to one of Jeanmar Gomez, Aaron Laffey or Josh Tomlin. Assuming Carmona is moved, the final spot would go to to a veteran right-hander who signs a deal after finding the free agent market chilly. Could that mean the return of Kevin Millwood?

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: August 13, 2010 12:35 pm

Orioles may move to six-man rotation

Kevin Millwood The Orioles may move to a six-man rotation in September, reports the Baltimore Sun .

Baltimore, suddenly surging under new manager Buck Showalter, has several young pitchers in the minors that need to be evaluated for 2011. Those include Zach Britton, Chris Tillman and recent Marlins import Rick VandenHurk. One possible answer is a six-man rotation.

"It’s something that we have kicked around a little bit depending on what the needs of the guys are,” Showalter said. “I don’t think we’re at that point. We’ll try to let them finish off the year and when we get to September, we’ll see what’s best for everybody.”

However, as Jeff Zrebiec says, veteran pitchers Kevin Millwood (pictured) and Jeremy Guthrie want to pitch on schedule. Moving to a six-man rotation would upset them. Further complicating things is the fact that the O's have an off-day every week for the next five weeks, reducing the need for a six-man rotation and even a five-man.

There remains room to incorporate Tillman, Britton and VandenHurk, though. For one, the team could shut down Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta, two young pitchers who are creeping up on pitching more innings than they should. Britton is in a similar position, so he may not even be a consideration. That leaves Tillman, who definitely needs some additional starts in the majors to prepare for a potential ascension in 2011. VandenHurk, as noted previously, is a newcomer to the organization. Evaluation at a major-league level would give the Orioles a far better understanding what he can do for the squad in 2011.

The Orioles are going nowhere, so their main focus shouldn't be on Millwood or Guthrie. For one, Millwood is an impending free agent while Guthrie doesn't have the cachet to demand taking the ball every fifth day. Baltimore needs to build for the future -- and the future includes a bevy of young starters who deserve looks in the majors.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 7:58 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 9:39 pm

Phillies eyeing starter for Saturday

Kevin Millwood Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro hinted Tuesday that the Phillies might make a deal for a starting pitcher in advance of Saturday, reports Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal .

If a deal doesn't happen, the best internal candidate is J.A. Happ, although he has pitched poorly in his road back from a left forearm strain. Other internal candidates exist, but there is no overwhelming choice.

The Phillies sent Kyle Kendrick to the minor leagues Tuesday, opting to call up Andrew Carpenter as a long reliever. Kendrick can't be the fifth-starter solution as he cannot be recalled for 10 days -- unless someone gets hurt. So why would Amaro make such a risky move to leave the team without a fifth starter?

"I think we know exactly what we’re going to do. I just choose not to tell you," Amaro tells Frank, presumably in a haughty voice.

The Phillies have been linked to Ben Sheets, although word out of Oakland camp has the A's uninterested in dealing Sheets. A curious move, given Sheets has an underwhelming 4.53 ERA in 20 starts for the A's and will make a full $10 million on the year.

Other starting pitchers the Phillies could be interested in that would come as a complementary piece (in other words, not a blockbuster trade such as Roy Oswalt) include Kevin Millwood of the Orioles and Jake Westbrook of the Indians.

After a strong start to the season, Millwood quickly deteriorated, hitting the DL with a right forearm strain on July 6. He was activated off the DL Tuesday and is on target to start Thursday against the Twins. This may not line him up well for a trade to Philadelphia, given he would be unavailable to start Saturday unless dealt before Thursday. And it's difficult to imagine Philly pulling the trigger without seeing Millwood pitch in at least one game coming off the DL.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 4:18 pm

Orioles place Millwood on DL

As expected , the Orioles have placed Kevin Millwood on the disabled list to make room for outfielder Felix Pie.

Millwood lasted just an inning in Monday's loss to the Tigers and has been diagnosed with a strained right forearm (flexor mass).

Millwood is 2-8 with a 5.77 ERA.

Pie has been on the disabled list since April 16 with a strained upper back muscle.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 9:59 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 4:15 pm

Orioles consider putting Millwood on the DL

Kevin Millwood The Orioles are considering putting Kevin Millwood not he disabled list, the Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly reports .

Millwood was pulled after allowed five runs in the first inning in Monday's 12-9 loss to the Tigers.

"There is some concern there," interim manager Juan Samuel said. "[Pitching coach Rick Kranitz] has noticed that his ball was just not coming out of his hand today [with authority] and his velocity was a little bit down. And knowing Kevin, he is not going to tell you what's wrong and what's not. He is one of those guys that's going to take the ball anytime you give it to him."

Only four of Millwood's 45 pitches were faster than 90 mph.

"We are trying to figure out which way we are going to go with him," Samuel said.

The Orioles will activate Felix Pie on Tuesday and need to make a move.

In a related item, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli tweets that Millwood is now "off the block," which comes as a great disappointment to exactly zero teams hoping to pick up a damaged pitcher with a $12 million salary.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 2:12 am

Cards looking for a starter

The Cardinals are on the hunt for another starter, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss writes . According to Strauss, manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan are interested in bringing in recently-released Jeff Suppan.

Suppan would be available for a pro-rated share of the major-league minimum after being released by the Brewers. Suppan pitched for the Cardinals from 2004-06 and signed a big contract with the Brewers after helping the Cardinals win the 2006 World Series.

Others in consideration by the Cardinals are Baltimore's Kevin Millwood and Kansas City's Brian Bannister. Millwood would cost $7.5 million of his $12 million salary, while Bannister would cost prospects. Bannister, arbitration-eligible following this season, has one his last five starts.

Strauss writes the Cardinals are more interested in a pitcher who has played this season rather than a pitcher who hasn't, such as Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Braden Looper or Paul Byrd.

Brad Penny's back will be re-examined in St. Louis on Monday and told Strauss his timetable is still undetermined.

"I've got to tell them when the discomfort is gone," Penny told Strauss. "There's still something there, but it's localized. It's nothing like it was. I just know I don't want to come back too soon and set things back another six weeks. I don't think anyone wants that."

Kyle Lohse had surgery on his forearm last month and the timetable for his return is still unknown.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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