O’s Aquire Millwood From Rangers

Kevin Millwood, who turns 35 on Dec. 24, adds veteran leadership to an Orioles starting rotation that struggled in 2009

Baltimore SunThe Orioles have a tentative agreement in place on a trade that would send reliever Chris Ray to the Texas Rangers for veteran starter Kevin Millwood and some cash, according to multiple team sources.

The agreement is contingent on some minor issues, including a review of the medical records of both players. The deal could be completed as early as tonight. The deal will also need to be approved by Major League Baseball because it’s expected that more than $1 million is changing hands.

Chris Ray, who appeared today at an Orioles charity event at ESPN Zone, has not yet been notified of the deal.

The cash would help offset some of the $12 million owed to Millwood for the 2010 season.

I really like this deal. Chris Ray was just…horrible last year, going 0-4 with a 7.27 ERA. Millwood is a consistent veteran who went 13-10 last season with a 3.67 ERA.

Although his best years are behind him, Millwood will immediately improve Baltimore’s starting rotation. He can go 6-7 innings every time he starts, which will not put as much pressure or innings on the bullpen.

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