Mariners reportedly ink veteran righty Millwood
By Tom Singer / MLB.com | 01/22/12 8:17 PM EST
Nine days after making the trade that cleared out Michael Pineda's spot in their starting rotation, the Mariners have apparently signed a possible replacement in veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood.
News of an agreement between the Mariners and Millwood came via his own family, through a posting on Facebook by his sister Erika. It was subsequently confirmed by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, who reports that it is a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.
Millwood, who turned 37 on Christmas Eve, last season went 4-3 in nine starts with the Rockies, who returned him to the Majors in mid-August after he had spent most of the year in the Minors in the Yankees and Red Sox organizations.
The Mariners would be the seventh club of Millwood's career, during which he has compiled a record of 163-140 with a 4.10 ERA. He also has a no-hitter to his credit, against the Giants on April 27, 2003 while with the Phillies.
Millwood would likely compete for a spot in a starting rotation that already includes Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, newly signed Japanese free agent Hisashi Iwakuma and 2011 rookies Blake Beavan and Charlie Furbush. Hector Noesi, who will be acquired in the Pineda trade from the Yankees as soon as that deal is finalized, is also expected to compete for a spot. The Mariners also have several top prospects who'll get a look in Spring Training, including Danny Hultzen, last year's No. 2 overall Draft pick out of Virginia.
A two-time 18-game winner with the Braves in 1999 and 2002, Millwood reportedly had a chance to remain in Colorado on a $1 million contract with an additional $1 million in incentives.