Kevin Millwood has a lot of balls
Kevin Millwood rejected the Yankees’ offer for a non-guarenteed minor league deal today. The 36-year-old Millwood wants a guaranteed major league deal, as opposed to having to earn the fourth or fifth spot in the rotation. However, the Yanks refuse to give him guaranteed money and want him to accept a deal similar to what Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon took this offseason.
As the title of this post suggests, that’s pretty ballsy for a guy who has pitched like a bum over the past five seasons after inking a five-year, $60 million deal prior to the ’06 campaign. He hasn’t thrown 200 innings since 2006 and posted an ERA+ above 100 in just eight of his 14 ML seasons (only twice over the duration of the aforementioned deal). I guess he is trying to ride the coattails of that no-no back in 2003 for as long as he can.
The Yanks currently have Colon, Garcia, Sergio Mitre and Ivan Nova dueling it out for the final two spots in the rotation. If Millwood wants a guaranteed deal he can go soak his head. Who the hell is he to be demanding things?
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Also, the first full-squad workouts are underway in Tampa. The workouts include RBInson Cano, who got the dates mixed up and arrived on Sunday instead of Saturday. Cue the lazy jokes.
"I was a little scared, a little bit. I don’t like to be late. You guys know, I’m almost on time. I talked to Geno and I apologized."
Jeter started working on his new swing early this offseason, as has Tex, who feels that if he works earlier in the offseason his April woes will go away.