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>Yanks Sign Kevin Millwood to Provisional Contract – If Only He Could Throw Faster…

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Yanks sign right-hander Kevin Millwood

By Andrew Marchand
ESPNNewYork.com
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With the signing of Kevin Millwood, Buster Olney and predicts the starting rotation for 2011.
The New York Yankees signed right-hander Kevin Millwood to a minor league deal on Friday.
The Yankees expected to announce soon if Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon will be the team’s fifth starter, with the other likely headed to long relief. Millwood, who will go to extended spring training, adds depth behind those veteran right-handers.
The Yankees gave Millwood no guaranteed money. He was signed to a pro-rated $1.5 million deal with incentives, but he has to be on the Yankees’ 25-man big league roster by May 1 or the deal is void.
Millwood has the chance to earn $3.5 million more in performance bonuses: $500,000 each for five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 starts. He would get an additional $1 million for 30 starts.
Garcia gets $1.5 million if he is on the Yankees’ opening day roster. His deal could be worth as much as $3.6 million if he makes 30 or more starts.
Colon, who is slated to make $900,000 if he is on the team, has no added incentives in his contract.
The Yankees have been talking with Millwood’s agent, Scott Boras, since the offseason, but had been unable to come to an agreement until now. General manager Brian Cashman has been steadfast in saying he would pay only a certain amount for Millwood’s services.
A major league contract was always out of the question. Garcia’s and Colon’s deals were also minor league deals.
At this point, it is unknown how soon the 36-year-old Millwood could pitch in a major league game. Though he has been working out, he has missed almost all of spring training. He likely will have to start the season in extended spring training or in the minor leagues.
Last season, Millwood pitched with the Orioles and went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA. In 2009, he was 13-10 with a 3.67 ERA with the Texas Rangers.
Garcia, 1-1 with a 5.93 ERA in spring training, entered the competition for the fifth spot as the favorite because he won 12 games last season. Colon did not appear at all in the majors in 2010.
But Colon has outpitched Garcia this spring, going 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA. However, it is unclear if he has done enough to win the job.
Ivan Nova is expected to be the Yankees’ No. 4 starter.
Sergio Mitre had an outside shot at a rotation spot as well, but he struggled, and on Friday was traded to the Brewers for outfielder Chris Dickerson.
SI.com first reported that Millwood and the Yankees had reached agreement.
Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYorkcom. ESPNNewYork.com’s Wallace Mathews contributed to this report. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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>Colon Gets Yankee’s First Start In Florida

>This is a NY Post story. Since it’s old news today in Florida, I don’t mind
using it here. Though I usually merely print blurbs and use a link back
to original sources. DWhite

Colon will get first spring start for Yankees

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4:46 PM, February 22, 2011 ι By GEORGE A. KING III

TAMPA — Bartolo Colon will start for the Yankees against the Phillies on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in the opening exhibition game.
Colon was chosen because he pitched in the Dominican Republic Winter League.
“He is probably more ready than the other guys even if it’s a day or two,’’ Girardi said of the veteran right-hander who is in camp on a minor-league deal and competing for the fourth or fifth spots in the rotation.
Colon said, “I am very happy and very excited to pitch in the first game and I am ready to pitch.’
Ivan Nova, an early favorite to land one of the two spots, will start Sunday against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. He will be followed by CC Sabathia, who threw a bullpen session Tuesday; A.J. BurnettPhil Hughes; and Freddy Garcia.
Sergio Mitre, another candidate, will work in the bullpen the first time through, according to Girardi.
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Girardi, asked about Mark Prior’s early-morning batting practice session, said, “I thought he threw the ball OK’’ then expressed his pleasure with all his pitchers.
“I am happy with the guys throwing bullpens as a group,’’ Girardi said.
Prior, who hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since 2006 and didn’t pitch at all in 2007, 2008 and 2009 due to shoulder problems, is competing for a spot in the bullpen.
“The biggest thing we will see here is how his body holds up and see how he feels,’’ Girardi said of the former Cubs star.
If Prior doesn’t land in the bullpen, there could be innings for him at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A).