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Mets In On Millwood?

By Mike Silva ~ February 6th, 2011. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Mets, Rumor Mill.

If Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is correct, it’s not just the Yankees who are interested in Kevin Millwood. Cafardo names the Indians and Mets as teams also discussing contract with the right hander.

I said earlier in the week that Millwood be just as good an option for the backend of the Yankees rotation as Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. Despite losing 16 games for the Orioles, and looking awful at times in the first half of ’10, after returning from the DL due to a right forearm strain Millwood rebounded the last eight weeks of the season to produce decent results (2-6, 3.67).

There have been reports that Millwood is looking for a big league deal worth upwards of $5 million dollars. I doubt Sandy Alderson would offer anything more than a minor league deal, or perhaps a big league deal similar to what Chris Capuano and Chris Young received (around $1.5 million plus incentives).

A move to the National League wouldn’t be the worst thing for the 35 year old righty. A fly ball pitcher, Millwood would benefit from spacious Citi Field. A blog called Long Live Shea Stadium watched him last year and produced a scouting report in June of last year.

He has a small wind-up and throws straight over-the-top. He commands an 88-91 mph to both sides of the plate; he cuts in on lefties and away from righties. He throws a short-late breaking slider and a tight curve any time in the count. He’s decreased the use of his fastball to 59% (especially his 4-seam and increased his 2-seam) and increased his slider to 24%. His curve-ball is slow, and averages 72 mph. His best pitch this year has been his change-up and his curve-ball and slider have been pounded this year.

This, of course, was before he went on the DL with the forearm strain. For his career in the National League Millwood is 98-64 with a 3.89 ERA.

Perhaps Alderson could release Perez of Castillo and make room for Millwood, obviously at a reasonable price.

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