Yankees fans, the Kevin Millwood Era is over.
From Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet comes word that the right-hander officially opted out of his contract with the Yanks on Sunday morning and is now a free agent, clear to sign with any team.
Millwood held out all spring for a guaranteed big league roster spot before finally agreeing to a minor league contract with the Yankees on March 25. He was sent Double-A Trenton initially and was fantastic in his first start, allowing just one hit over seven dominant innings, but he was shelled in two outings after moving on to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees informed him Sunday that he was not going to be promoted anytime soon, so Millwood used the May 1 opt out clause in his contract and can now begin searching for a new gig.
Millwood, 36, registered a 5.10 ERA and 1.51 WHIP across 31 starts for the Orioles last season.
Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …
Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.
Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.
Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.
He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.
Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …
The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.
Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.