Kevin Millwood is $12 million richer

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Kevin Millwood not only delivered his longest outing since June on Monday night against the Athletics, he also guaranteed himself $12 million for the 2010 season. He finally surpassed that elusive 180 innings mark with a fifth-inning double play.



“I knew what I had to get to. But I wanted to get deep
in the game and win the ballgame. If I do that, everything else will
take care of itself.”




Millwood went 8-5 with a 2.64 ERA
through the first three months of the season, but has really struggled
since, going just 3-5 with a 5.66 ERA. After his last start was
skipped, many were wondering if the Rangers would purposely trying to
prevent the option from vesting, however it appears he just needed some
extra time to work on mechanics with pitching coach Mike Maddux.




Now that Millwood is guaranteed $12
million for 2010, it likely limits general manager Jon Daniels’
ability to upgrade the team in the free-agent market. Owner Tom Hicks
has already borrowed millions from Major League Baseball, and in turn, the Rangers were reportedly forced to lowball first-round pick Matt Purke. It’s a real shame for a team that clinched their first winning season since 2004 on Monday night.

Phillies option Hector Neris to Triple-A

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The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his strikeout and walk rates aren’t too far off what he was doing last year his hit rate has spiked and he’s currently allowing 10.3 safeties per nine. The wheels have come off of late, as he has allowed nine runs on 15 hits — five of them homers — over his last eight innings of work. Yesterday he allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a game the Phillies had led by five.

It was clear that Gabe Kapler had lost faith in Neris as a result, using him almost exclusively in low-leverage situations. That changed on Saturday, as Kapler used him in a save situation and said after the game that they were easing him back into his role. That plan obviously changed after yesterday’s meltdown.

Seranthony Dominguez had been getting the call in save situations. He’ll get them more now.