And Kevin Millwood to the Orioles? So says BBTIA
According to multiple baseball sources (via the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec), the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers are closing in on a trade that would send veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood and “some cash” to the Orioles in exchange for 27-year-old right-handed reliever Chris Ray.
The included cash would help offset Millwood’s $12 million salary for the 2010 season, and while many of the specifics of the deal have reportedly been agreed upon already, there are still “a few details to work out, including a review of medical records.”
Assuming this deal goes down as reported (with Texas packaging a $2-4 million cash subsidy), the primary motivation behind the exchange would seem to be clearing payroll in order to make a legitimate run at one of the market’s higher-end free agent pitchers, such as Rich Harden or Ben Sheets. Such a move would position the Rangers to roll out an Opening Day starting rotation comprising one high-end acquisition, Scott Feldman, Derek Holland, Tommy Hunter and — depending on which way the wind is blowing on any given day — either C.J. Wilson or Brandon McCarthy.