Report: Orioles discuss Millwood with Rangers

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millwood small.jpgSources told that the Orioles have approached the Rangers about Kevin Millwood, who is entering the final year of a deal that will pay him $12 million in 2010.
Such news figures to be met with a collective groan from Orioles fans, but spending $12 million on Millwood probably wouldn’t do anything to impact the team’s remaining offseason plans. It’s not like John Lackey or Matt Holliday is headed to Baltimore, and it’d be a mere one-year commitment to help provide stability in a rotation that could be incredibly young aside from Jeremy Guthrie.
As a straight salary dump, it could work for both teams. The Rangers have financial issues and may prefer not to pay Millwood’s ample salary next year. If the Orioles could bring him in without surrendering a legitimate prospect, they’d be a bit more interesting next year.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.