Millwood Traded and Other News
More news in what’s becoming a somewhat busy day in Indianapolis …
The Rangers have swapped veteran righthander Kevin Millwood to the Orioles for Chris Ray. The 34-year-old Millwood won 13 games, threw 198 innings, and posted a 3.67 ERA with Texas as his home park in 2009. Ray was Baltimore’s closer in ’06 and ’07 before blowing out his elbow; he missed all of 2008 and was awful in 43 games in 2009. I guess the Rangers made this deal to shed payroll, since Millwood is due $12M (one sources reports that Texas will eat $3M of it as part of the deal). I wonder if they would have been interested in Bobby Parnell? Millwood would instantly step in as the second-best starter on the Mets, and a one-year commitment is easy to stomach.
In other news, the Astros are close to a deal to acquire Matt Lindstrom from the Marlins, the Braves may unload Rafael Soriano on the Rays, Rich Harden is about to sign with a mystery team, and J.J. Putz may be close to joining the White Sox.