Report: Kevin Millwood Rejects Yankees' Minor League Offer
There can be no other explanation for the New York Post report that Millwood recently rejected a minor league offer from the Yankees that was similar to the deal Freddy Garcia (12-6, 4.64 last year) signed. Garcia will make $1.5 million if he's in the majors and have a chance to accumulate $3.6 million more in bonuses.
Everyone knows the Yankees are desperately in need of starters, and they have recruited aging former standouts on minor league deals (Garcia, Bartolo Colon) to compete with in-house candidates like Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre for rotation spots.
Millwood would fit well in the former category and presumably have a good shot to emerge as either the fourth or fifth starter -- remember, he posted a 3.67 ERA for the Rangers in 2009 -- but considering the market and what he did last year it's hardly unreasonable of the Yankees to ask him to earn a job.
The Yankees will not cave and offer him a major league deal, Joel Sherman reports. If that stance holds, it's unclear where Millwood might be able to turn for a major league contract at this point. A reunion with the Indians is a possibility, but they have little reason to guarantee him anything as he would basically be filling the same role he did in Baltimore last year -- veteran innings-eater on a bad team.