Things that just sort of make you stop and say “really?”: Troy Renck of the Denver Post reporting that the Rockies may be interested in Kevin Millwood, but can’t seem to find space in the budget for him. The same Kevin Millwood who pitched all of 54 major league innings last year.
Now, granted, those 54 innings came for the Rockies and they were actually OK innings. But it just strikes me that if a big league team really wants a guy who is not going to cost anything approaching big money, they can probably find a way to make it happen.
I dunno. It’s possible Kevin Millwood has one more bounceback season in him. But it also strikes me that major league teams who don’t want to discourage their fan bases don’t say things like “we can’t squeeze Kevin Millwood into the budget.”
Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.
Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.