Might Millwood Make Sense for Mets?

Kicking the tires on Kevin Millwood seems to be an annual activity for the New York Mets. Though, in previous seasons, he was considered as a pitcher who might be a “final piece” to help the Mets gain a postseason appearance.

This time, the situation is different for the Mets, and Millwood has changed as well since the days he was seen as a puzzle completer. Yet the two remain a match.

May I remind you of a passage that Joe wrote regarding Millwood during this past winter, in a review of free agent starting pitchers:

It seems like he’s a free agent every winter. No longer a middle-of-the-rotation guy, Millwood is now a 36-year-old innings eater for the back end. He doesn’t have much left in terms of velocity, but he continues to take the ball 30+ times a year and grinds out 190 innings — and that’s nothing to sneeze at. In fact, it’s something the Mets desperately need in 2011: someone who can be counted on to take the ball every fifth day and get through 6-7 innings most of the time. Millwood’s numbers have been gradually deteriorating, but a return to the NL after 6 years in the junior circuit could help his performance.

Interesting: Joe wrote this post BEFORE the team signed the chronically injured Chris Young and Boof Bonser. One could argue that signing Millwood made sense for the same reasons noted above, even after all those “low-risk, high-reward” signings.

Millwood was eventually signed to a minor-league deal with a May 1 “out clause” by the Yankees. After getting rocked in his final AAA start before that clause took effect, the Yanks cut him loose. He’s now sitting around waiting for offers.

Is Kevin Millwood going to turn the Mets into a playoff contender? Of course not. Will he have just as many godawful outings as effective ones? Probably. Can he be counted on to take the ball every fifth day and eat up innings, so that prospects like Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, and Mark Cohoon can continue developing at a proper pace in the minors? Most likely.

We’ve endured worse when times were better. After seeing the likes of Brian Lawrence, Jose Lima (RIP), and Alay Soler make starts for the Mets in seasons of hope, I can’t get too upset about the idea of Millwood slipping on a Mets uniform.

What do you think? Would it make sense for the Mets to sign Millwood? Perhaps if he’d accept a minor league deal? Maybe as a long reliever / spot starter?

  1. Jay May 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm
    This is a better idea than my comment to the previous post about scouring other organizations for AAA pitchers as it does not require surrendering anyone in trade. Depending on his financial demands of course.
  2. Bryan May 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm
    A deal with Millwood makes a ton of sense if the guarantee is very low and its mostly incentive based. We cannot keep ruining our young arms by yo-yoing them back and forh between the majors and minors. Look at mejia.
    • Izzy May 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm
      Guys have been yo-yoed as you say forever. Why do Met fans think it is suddenly the worst thing in the world and guys can';t handle it. Maybe they need to stop being treated like they were 5. Look at Mejia. One guy with a bad motion who would have gotten hurt hurt no matter where he abused his arm. BAD EXAMPLE. If a guy has a brain for the game he learns, goes down and improves and comes back ready. But for some reason the Mets can’t do it. Its better to poison the entire season with crud like Millwood.
  3. Rich Chalfin May 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm
    Good blog on Millwood, Roland. With the injuries to Mejia, Beato and Young, it certaily does makes sense for the Mets to give Millwood serious consideration given the lack of pitching depth. They never have had the chance to pick him up on the cheap before and wouldn’t it be nice to see the Yankees paying for one of our pitchers?
  4. Joe May 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    ” The Orioles have mild interest in the veteran right-hander who was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA in 31 starts with the Orioles in 2010.”

    The Mets have little to lose, really, but I remember him pitching last season and really don’t see him doing much more than Pat Misch. I’m game. More game with getting rid of at least one of the 3 Hs (for horrible back-ups) and giving an OF prospect some MLB experience.

  5. Paul May 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm
    I’d rather sign Kevin Millwood than trade for a stop-gap player… of course, I’d rather have some pitching to call on that was actually good.
  6. murph May 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm
    Considering that he couldn’t beat out Bartolo Colon or Freddie Garcia on the Yankees, there is nothing left for him in major league baseball except #3 starter for the Mets.
  7. mic May 10, 2011 at 8:00 am
    I’d rather see Jeury’s or Harvey.
    • FrankTaveras May 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm
      Then go to Binghamton. They’ll both be there soon enough.
  8. Jay from Cuse May 10, 2011 at 9:57 am
    Harvey isn’t rady yet and should absolutely not be rushed, the same goes for Familia who is maybe a step ahead of Harvey from what I’ve read.
    Look were not going to contend for a playoff spot here so bringing in some low contract/icentive deal pitcher who would like to prove himself is fine with me. I think Millwood would be okay for us as a back end guy to soley eat innings.

    @murph-Ha! So true, yet so sad at the same time.

  9. Anthony May 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    I would sign him to a AAA contract and only promote him if their was no young pitcher who was perhaps ready.

    The Mets aren’t winning this year and it would be great to check out some of the kids – so long as they are not rushed a la Pelfrey.

  10. Dan May 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm
    Nelson Figueroa was designated for assignment by the Astros, it may be worth bringing him back on the cheap to give us one more body.