The Yankees are still interested in Kevin Millwood

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Joel Sherman says that the Yankees are still interested in Kevin Millwood, but they’re not willing to do anything much more beyond a minor league deal with him.

Makes sense. They have a lot of moderately warm bodies competing for the back end of the rotation.  None of them in and of themselves seems like a lock to be reliable, but the more past-their-prime pitchers you bring together in one camp, the greater the likelihood that at least one of them will pan out, right?

Still, Millwood may not be the right fit.  I mean, we have no idea at all how fat he got over the winter, and that appears to be pretty critical for the Yankees.

Report: Cardinals to sign Paul Goldschmidt to five-year contract extension

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Extension season continues. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are close to an agreement on a five-year extension. The value is believed to be around $130 million, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Goldschmidt was set to become a free agent after the season.

The Cardinals acquired Goldschmidt, 31, from the Diamondbacks in December in exchange for Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Andy Young, and a 2019 competitive balance round B pick. The slugger is a six-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner. Goldschmidt owns a career .297/.398/.532 triple-slash line along with 209 home runs, 710 RBI, 709 runs scored, and 124 stolen bases. He is also well-regarded for his defense at first base. As a result, he has accumulated 40.3 Wins Above Replacement over eight seasons, according to Baseball Reference.

With Goldschmidt in place, the Cardinals are set at first base for the foreseeable future. Though Goldschmidt got off to a slow start last season, carrying an OPS barely above .700 into June, he recovered and finished with a .922 OPS. That two-month blip aside, there’s no reason to think Goldschmidt’s production is about to fall off anytime soon.