The Orioles made their acquisition of veteran pitcher Kevin Millwood official Wednesday afternoon, sending Chris Ray and a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers. The Orioles will also get an undisclosed amount of cash from the Rangers.
Millwood, 34, compiled a 13-10 record with a 3.67 ERA in 198.2 IP in 31 starts in 2009. His ERA was the eighth-best in the American League and it was the first time he posted a sub-three ERA since his 2.86 ERA with the Cleveland Indians led the American League in 2005. In his career, Millwood has gone 155-121 with a 4.02 ERA in 2314.1 IP over 383 games (375 starts).
The one time National League All-Star signed a five-year $60 million contract with the Rangers in the winter of 2005 and is entering the last year of his contract.
The right-handed pitcher has averaged more than 31 starts and 188.2 innings per season over the first four years of his contract. The only time he topped 200 innings over the life of the contract was in his first year in Texas, pitching 215 innings. The normally dependable Millwood has topped 200 innings five times in his career, but just once since turning 30.
Millwood was a better pitcher in home games in 2009, pitching in the hitter friendly confines of Rangers Ballpark. He was 8-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 15 games, giving up only nine home runs in 96.2 innings, compared to 17 homers in 102 road innings.
What should be pleasing for Orioles fans is how Millwood has fared against other AL East opponents. In three games against the Boston Red Sox, Millwood won as many games as the Orioles did in 18 tries. Millwood was 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA in eight games (51.7 IP) against the New York Yankees, Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays.
For Millwood, the Orioles send over right-handed reliever Chris Ray. The 27-year-old went 0-4 with a 7.27 ERA in 46 games (43.1 IP) in an up-and-down year for the Orioles. In his first year back after missing all of 2008 with Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, Ray was sent to Triple-A Norfolk late in May and was later sidelined with right biceps tendinitis in July.
Ray had been a part of the Orioles organization since being drafted in the third round (74th overall) of the 2003 draft, spending four years in the bigs. He earned a 10-17 record with a 4.11 ERA in 191 games for the Orioles since 2005, but missed all of 2008 following Tommy John surgery.
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