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Millwood not deadwood to Mets

Kevin Millwood was rocked by the Yankees last night in Baltimore. That’s good news for the Mets. His price is going down.

Millwood and his $12 million salary will be out of Baltimore by the July 31 trading deadline. What value can be put on a 35-year-old pitcher who is 0-7 with a 4.64 earned run average?

For the Mets, plenty. Millwood is probably a lot closer to the pitcher he was with Texas (13-10, 3.67 ERA) last season than the guy caught up in the last place malaise of the Orioles.

Millwood has averaged 34 starts and 208 innings over his career, a vital  consideration in juding any starter. He’s 155-128 in his career and hasn’t lost it all in one season.

Millwood needs a change of scenery. The Mets need help in the rotation. Hisanori Takahashi is faltering. Oliver Perez and John Maine are disabled and unreliable. It would an insult to compare Millwood to those two. 

Wouldn’t you like to see Millwood pitching against the Braves. His former team, if the Mets can stay in the race?


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