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WinningUgly!
01-07-2005, 02:19 AM
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Free agent right-hander Kevin Millwood (http://bigleaguers.yahoo.com/mlbpa/players/5848/) and the Cleveland Indians (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/cle/) are a phone call or two away from agreement on a $7 million, one-year contract. Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said Thursday that he and Millwood's agent, Scott Boras, have made significant progress in negotiations over the past 48 hours as they work toward finalizing a deal.

"I feel optimistic about it," Shapiro said.


Cleveland also has had preliminary talks with outfielder Juan Gonzalez (http://bigleaguers.yahoo.com/mlbpa/players/4398/) on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Gonzalez, who had one of the best seasons of his career for the Indians in 2000, was limited to just 33 games last season with the Kansas City Royals (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/kan/) because of lower back problems. Gonzalez made $4.5 million in 2004, but would have to settle for an incentive-based contract with the Indians if he makes their roster. In his only season with Cleveland, Gonzalez batted .325 with 35 homers and 140 RBIs.


Linky (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-indians-millwood&prov=ap&type=lgns)

MUsoxfan
01-07-2005, 04:09 AM
It would suck for us if they were to sign Millwood. I just wish they would give Juan Gon a huge contract without incentives....to cancel out Millwood

34 Inch Stick
01-07-2005, 08:26 AM
That seems kind of low for a Boras player in this pitching market.

gosox41
01-07-2005, 09:20 AM
It would suck for us if they were to sign Millwood. I just wish they would give Juan Gon a huge contract without incentives....to cancel out Millwood
Millwood hasn't been so good the last couple of years. Considering this inflated pitching market, isn't it odd that no one is offering Millwood more money? Of course Boras will tell you he wants a 1 year deal to prove himself. I think he said the same thing last year.


Bob

SOXintheBURGH
01-07-2005, 09:36 AM
[QUOTE=gosox41]Millwood hasn't been so good the last couple of years. Considering this inflated pitching market, isn't it odd that no one is offering Millwood more money? Of course Boras will tell you he wants a 1 year deal to prove himself. I think he said the same thing last year.


Millwood really hasn't been as great as he was in Atlanta. A lot of my friends that live in Philthadelphia said that they weren't going to miss Millwood at all when he left.

buehrle4cy05
01-07-2005, 09:37 AM
If Cleveland had spent $2 mil a year more, they could've got Clement...I'd rather see Millwood in an Indians uniform, at least somebody on that staff the Sox can beat up...they can't touch Sabathia, and Lee and Westbrook are pretty good.

scooter300
01-07-2005, 08:58 PM
I guess this is overly optimistic thinking, but Millwood is looking for a one year deal right now at 7 mil. with Cleveland. Could the white sox get him and then trade contreras or el duque? Personally I think Millwood has a better upside and is a better pitcher than any of the 3-5 starters we have. Once again, probably unrealistic, but I think it would be a great move, especially if he is willing to take a one year deal.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/baseball/mlb/01/06/indians.millwood.ap/index.html

iftypofixit
01-07-2005, 09:00 PM
I like what we've got.

WinningUgly!
01-08-2005, 01:05 AM
It looks like Millwood will only be guaranteed $3 million.




CLEVELAND (AP) -- Concerned about Kevin Millwood (http://bigleaguers.yahoo.com/mlbpa/players/5848/)'s elbow, the Cleveland Indians (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/cle/) structured his $7 million contract in a way to protect the team financially if the right-hander gets hurt while pitching next season.

Under the innovative deal with agent Scott Boras, which has not yet been finalized, Millwood will be guaranteed $3 million in salary. He also gets a $4 million signing bonus, but that money is contingent on him not spending more than 20 days on the disabled list for a shoulder or elbow injury sustained while pitching -- not fielding or batting.

Millwood also can earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses, getting the full amount if he makes 34 starts or pitches 215 innings.



Linky (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-indians-millwood&prov=ap&type=lgns)

santo=dorf
01-08-2005, 01:10 AM
Kevin Millwood is an overachieving Jon Garland. The guy was hurt last year and lost a ton of velocity on his fastball. How do you think he will do pitching in the AL for the first time in his career?

The Indians had amazing seasons last year from Belliard (only one good half,) Cliff Lee (only one good half,) Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner and CC Sabathia (only had one good half) and still couldn't finish at .500. They had the worst bullpens in the AL, and they lost Rick White but added Arthur "Rocky" Rhodes by giving away Lawton. :rolleyes: They also lost Vizquel, but they have Aaron Boone at third this year.

I still don't see them finishing .500 let alone any higher than 3rd place.

Clement's beard
01-08-2005, 01:26 PM
A one year deal it is.

http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/story/8078031

RKMeibalane
01-08-2005, 01:33 PM
It will be interesting to see which Kevin Millwood shows up this season.

dcb33
01-08-2005, 01:45 PM
It will be interesting to see which Kevin Millwood shows up this season.At least Cleveland was smart enough to structure the deal in such a way to make sure they don't get hosed if he sucks...

WinningUgly!
01-08-2005, 01:50 PM
At least Cleveland was smart enough to structure the deal in such a way to make sure they don't get hosed if he sucks...
If Millwood spends 21 or more days on the DL for an injury to his shoulder or elbow sustained while pitching, he would lose 1/183rd of the signing bonus for each day on the DL, including the first 20. That reduction calculates to $21,857 per day.
That starts adding up real quick!

johnny_mostil
01-08-2005, 01:55 PM
Kevin Millwood is an overachieving Jon Garland. The guy was hurt last year and lost a ton of velocity on his fastball. How do you think he will do pitching in the AL for the first time in his career?

The Indians had amazing seasons last year from Belliard (only one good half,) Cliff Lee (only one good half,) Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner and CC Sabathia (only had one good half) and still couldn't finish at .500. They had the worst bullpens in the AL, and they lost Rick White but added Arthur "Rocky" Rhodes by giving away Lawton. :rolleyes: They also lost Vizquel, but they have Aaron Boone at third this year.

I still don't see them finishing .500 let alone any higher than 3rd place.
I agree, the Indians were probably popular flukes last season. The Millwood signing is probably going to backfire and cost them a fortune. I guess almost every GM in baseball has to learn to discount NL ERAs the hard way.

Rocklive99
01-10-2005, 03:46 PM
So I take it we'll be seeing Sabathia, Lee, and Millwood for the opening series

OEO Magglio
01-10-2005, 03:48 PM
So I take it we'll be seeing Sabathia, Lee, and Millwood for the opening series
I'd think Sabathia, Westbrook and Millwood.

CHISOXFAN13
01-10-2005, 03:51 PM
I'd think Sabathia, Westbrook and Millwood.
Agreed. Lee was awful in the second half.