Mariners Sign Veteran RHP Kevin Millwood

The Mariners have officially signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. Here is the official news release with a quote from Jack Zduriencik:

SEATTLE, Wash. (Jan. 24, 2012) – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed veteran right-handed pitcher Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training.

Millwood, 37, is a veteran of 15 Major League seasons with the Atlanta Braves (1997-2002), Philadelphia Phillies (2003-04), Cleveland Indians (2005), Texas Rangers (2006-09), Baltimore Orioles (2010) and Colorado Rockies (2011). He has compiled a career record of 163-140 with a 4.10 ERA in 423 appearances (415 starts). Amongst active pitchers, Millwood ranks 5th in innings pitched (2,559.1), strikeouts (1,976) and games started (415), 9th in wins (163) and T12th in complete games (21). He also has a no-hitter to his credit on April 27, 2003 against San Francisco when he was with the Philadelphia.

“Kevin brings a great deal of experience as a veteran pitcher and will compete for a spot in our starting rotation,” said Zduriencik. “His leadership and experience will be a benefit for our young pitchers and we look forward to seeing him in spring training.”

Millwood spent one season with Mariners manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis with Cleveland in 2005, and won the American League ERA title with a 2.86 mark (61 ER, 192.0 IP).

He split last season between the New York (AL), Boston and Colorado organizations. He made 9 starts with the Rockies from Aug. 10-end of the season, going 4-3 with a 3.98 ERA (24 ER, 54.1 IP). He also pitched for AA Trenton (1-0, 0.00) and AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre (1-1, 8.00) in the Yankees organization and AAA Pawtucket (5-1, 4.28) in the Red Sox organization.

The Mariners have now signed 16 players to minor league contracts with invites to Major League Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers will report to Peoria, AZ for physicals on Feb. 11 (first workout 2/12) and position players are scheduled to report on Feb. 17 (first full-squad workout 2/18).

Kevin Millwood won the 2005 AL ERA title with the Cleveland Indians (Getty Images).

- JE

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