Yanks bring back Milton

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Via Ed Price, the Yanks have signed Eric Milton, their 1996 first round pick, to a minor league deal. The centerpiece in the 1998 deal for Chuck Knoblauch, Milton is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and is still six weeks away from game action. Cashman said this was really just to get “an advance look” for next year. Milton had several solid seasons for the Twins before getting his brains beat in for the Phillies and Reds. How’s the saying go, “there’s no such thing as a bad minor league deal?” Yeah, that’s it.

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Game 93: How aboot a win?
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I’m really interested to hear the reports about Freddy Garcia in the upcoming weeks. What (and how hard) did Eric Milton throw before the TJS?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I don’t remember what he threw. In his later years in Cincy, it was mostly junk. He’s always had a good strikeout rate, so he threw something that was hard to hit.

      • Steve

        He was horribly miscast in that ballpark as a lefty fly ball pitcher. I think he led the league in HRs allowed his first season there. I’d like to say “He’ll do better in Yankee stadium” or “Make him a lefty reliever” but the numbers just don’t bear it out. He’s been a below average pitcher most of his career.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/psplit.cgi?n1=miltoer01

    • Rich

      Milton has probably pitched with chronic elbow pain for years, which has likely impacted velocity. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a lot of it back once he’s fully recovered. Pitching with command will likely always being a problem for him.

    • B

      i believe it was about 90mph.

  • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

    I sure hope that he can regain something to make this even possibly worthwhile. Milton’s run in Cinncy is remembered by injuries and home runs allowed.

  • Endless Pool

    Nothing wrong with this move. You never know….. He’ll have to get another Yankees tattoo now (I believe he either removed his first Yankees tattoo or converted it into something else).

    • Seth C.

      This was my first thought too when I saw this. Wasn’t it a giant Yankees symbol on his back?

    • http://nosenseworrying.vsport.tv Jen

      I don’t think he got it removed. He just added a Twins tattoo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    In some off-topic (but cool) news, the Rays’ Evan Longoria will be a participant in the Home Run Derby. Can’t wait to see that swing again and again.

    • TurnTwo

      thats kinda cool… good to see the kid jump into the festivities head first.

      maybe he’ll wear Giambi’s mustache for the first round.

      • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com Steve S

        Interesting that they would pick him over guys like Pujols and Vlad who both said they wanted to be in it.

  • TurnTwo

    it cost nothing to bring him in to get a look, and with the complete lack of lefties in the upper levels of the organization, maybe he proves useful.

    hey… you never know.

  • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com Steve S

    (cough) Jon Lieber (cough)

    Well, maybe not. Lieber was good in the seasons before his TJ surgery, but it doesn’t hurt to have him as an option if they’re desperate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    According to Joel Sherman (I really dislike this guy), the Blue Jays will not have Alex Rios in the lineup tonight. He “left the team to be with his girlfriend for the birth of his child”. So we are going to miss A.J. Burnett, Dustin McGowan, Vernon Wells, and Alex Rios. Like I said before, awesome.

    http://blogs.nypost.com/sports/st/archives/2008/07/3_up_sexson_to.html

    • TurnTwo

      i really thought over the last 4 games going into break, we needed to take 3 to end on a good note. having all these players out of the series it great.

      except this is making me nervous, now… if we cant sweep, or at least take 2 of 3 against this skeleton squad, i dont know what they’d have to do after the break to make me think they should buy at the deadline.

    • TurnTwo

      according to PeteAbe, Burnett will now pitch on Sunday.

      • Chris

        on 3 days rest… we’ll see how that goes

        • TurnTwo

          he pwns the yankees. he’ll pitch well.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        And he reports that the Rogers Centre is playing some Lenny Kravitz tunes while the Yanks are taking BP. That’s just low.

    • Steve

      To steal a line from NoMaas, when you read Joel Sherman brain cells die.

    • Endless Pool

      Sherman’s the only NY writer I like…. He’s actually admitted he was wrong in the past, which is unheard among those blowhards. He was against Joba to the rotation but has since admitted he was wrong about that.

  • A.D.

    Solid pick up,like the Lieber signing a few years ago

  • christopher

    look at mlton – a perfect example why sometme you trade top picks to get over he hump, but at ths pont does it matter. thnk ts s clear after gettng emarrassed the last 2 games and throwng away the momentum they ganed anganst the sox and rays that managment has given up on 08 and is lookng at 09.

    not advovatng trading any bg chips this year, but next offseason when the brewers lose sabatha and sheets they wll be looking for young pitching and they have great young hitting. a big trade wth them and a few splashes on the free agen market and ths team will be back