Millwood Acquired In Trade For Ray

The Orioles have traded RHP Chris Ray and a Player To Be Named Later to the Texas Rangers for RHP Kevin Millwood and $3 million.

Grade: B+

This was a great trade by Andy MacPhail. Millwood isn’t anything great, but he’ll most likely give us 190-200 innings at ~4.50 ERA and provide some veteran leadership for the younger pitchers coming up. He was 13-10 with a 3.67 ERA over 198.2 innings in 2009 with 123 strikeouts and 71 walks. Hes a solid pitcher similar to Jeremy Guthrie which will be important to keep our bullpen healthy and rested. The Orioles will pay him $9 million in the last year of his contract, which is a better deal than what they would most likely find in the free agent market. We could trade Millwood before the trade deadline if a prospect is proving ready or we could potentially receive two draft picks at the end of the year assuming he is a type A free agent and declines arbitration. This move will allow the Orioles to sign a “high risk, high reward” pitcher coming off an injury like Erik Bedard or Kelvim Escobar.

Losing Ray isn’t much of a loss, there was a chance he could’ve been non-tendered on Saturday or released before opening day anyway. He was 0-4 with a 7.27 ERA over 43.1 innings in 2009 and hasn’t been effective since 2006. There were rumors circling that the Orioles were offering Felix Pie, David Hernandez, or Brandon Erbe for Millwood, which would have been terrible. But MacPhail is sticking to his word that he isn’t dealing his good prospects. Ray is easily replaceable and this trade should give a guy like Kam Mickolio a chance to start the year in the bullpen. Its hard to find anything not to like about this deal. Onto the next need.

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