Now that the signing is official Marc Craig of the Newark Star Ledger has the details of Kevin Millwood’s minor-league contract with the Yankees.
Millwood can opt out of the deal if he’s not in the majors by May 1. If he does get added to the roster his base salary will be $1.5 million and then he can earn an additional $3.5 million in incentives, with $500,000 each for 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 starts and $1 million for 30 starts.
He has about as much chance of making 30 starts for the Yankees this season as I do, but there’s a decent chance he’ll join the rotation at some point in the next month and would probably be given at least a handful of starts to prove himself, which would add up to $2 million total.
At this point it looks like both Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon will crack the Opening Day pitching staff, whereas Millwood likely wouldn’t be an option until mid-April because he waited so long to sign while holding out for a guaranteed deal that never came. He went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA for the Orioles last year, including 0-2 with a 5.70 ERA against the Yankees.
It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”
Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.
Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.
The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.