Are the Mets looking at right-hander Kevin Millwood? That’s what Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe believes as he reported in his Sunday Notes today.
Kevin Millwood, RHP, free agent — There is a salary hang-up, with Millwood still asking too much for some teams’ liking at this late stage of free agency. The Mets, Yankees, and Indians are keeping an eye on him.
The Mets have already signed free agent pitchers Chris Capuano and Chris Young who both signed incentive-laden deals that guarantee them about $1.5 million dollars. But they are both at coming back from significant injuries and have yet to prove that they can pitch a full season.
Millwood is looking for considerably more, and it’s a big reason why he still remains on the market. If the Mets could get him for lets say around $2 million dollars and they throw in a few incentives too, he might end up being a good catch for the Mets and add some certainty to a very uncertain situation.
One look at Millwood’s numbers may lead you to shriek, but he would gain some advantage with the switch in leagues and a gargantuan park that will contain his flyballs.
Millwood went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA with the Orioles in 2010, but was very solid in 2009 when he went 13-10 with a 3.67 ERA with the Rangers.
Mike Silva of NYBD, notes that for his career in the National League, Millwood is 98-64 with a 3.89 ERA. So there’s also that.
It could end up being the perfect storm for the Mets, and if nothing else he would give them another option – only this option would be a healthy one – a rarity this offseason.
By the way, in the same article, Nick Cafardo also lists Carlos Beltran and one of his players with something to prove in 2011.
Carlos Beltran, OF, Mets — Injuries have slowed Beltran, who didn’t live up to the seven-year, $119 million deal he signed with the Mets. They tried to deal the final year of the contract this offseason, and the Sox would have been a taker had they not pulled off the Crawford signing. Beltran will be 34 April 24, and if he wants a career beyond this contract, he’ll have to show he can be productive with two balky knees. He will likely be the Mets’ cleanup hitter.
I think the Mets have more players than most with something to prove in 2011, Nick.
Throw a few more logs into the fire and add Jose Reyes, Jason Bay, Francisco Rodriguez and Daniel Murphy to your list.