Friday, January 13, 2006

Millar Signs with Baltimore

First baseman Kevin Millar agreed to a $2.1 million, one-year contract Thursday with the Baltimore Orioles, who hope the former Boston Red Sox star can provide leadership and some punch in the lineup.

"I see him playing a lot of first base, designated hitter and in the outfield," Orioles first-year manager Sam Perlozzo said. "We get a guy with playoff experience, someone who was part of a
World Series team. We can use that kind of player in our clubhouse. It gives us a little chemistry."

The 34-year-old Millar, who can make an additional $2.6 million in performance bonuses, hit .276 with 25 home runs and 96 RBIs with the Red Sox in 2003. It was during that season that he coined the phrase, "Cowboy Up!" — which became Boston's battle cry in September and into the playoffs.

Millar also fell in love with the with the intense competition of the AL East, and the opportunity to stay in the division made Baltimore his first choice among the teams that tried to sign him.

"This division is where you want to be as a baseball player. There's nothing like it," Millar said. "It's like 162 playoff games."

Millar batted .297 with 18 homers and 74 RBIs for the World Series champions in 2004, but his production dropped last year, when he hit .272 with nine homers and 50 RBIs. He did, however, remain a leader in the Boston clubhouse, and he hopes to do the same in Baltimore.

Read more about the signing here.

The Red Sox team is kinda falling apart. They lose Damon to the Yankees. They lose 3B Miller to the Padres. And now they lose Millar to the Orioles! Boston better take some serious action and try to hold on to some players, because it seems that EVERYONE wants to get out of Boston! There are rumours that the Red Sox are vigorously trying to GET RID of Manny Ramirez! ( Read more about those rumours here.) The whole Red Sox team is falling apart. ( Which is fine with me!)

The Orioles are shaping up a bit. They now have a lot more offense, and are trying to get even more by landing Manny Ramirez. But even if there offense is spectacular, they're going to need some decent pitching before they can go anywhere.


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