Millwood is scheduled to arrive in Cleveland on Monday for a
physical, said the sources speaking on the condition of anonymity.
But there are still several other details to work through before a
contract can be finalized.
"This is still a 50-50 proposition, at best," one of the
The sides are still negotiating the eventual structure of the
contract, which is believed to be around $7 million.
To this point, a starting pitcher has eluded the Indians in
their offseason search to upgrade their rotation. The club has
offered multiyear deals to starters Jon Lieber and Matt Clement as
well as a one-year contract to David Wells. But in each case, the
Indians have been outbid.
The 30-year-old Millwood, who spent the past two seasons with
Philadelphia, would fit in nicely into the middle of a Cleveland
rotation featuring C.C. Sabathia, Jake Westbrook, Cliff Lee and
Millwood went 9-6 with a 4.86 ERA in 25 starts for the Phillies
last season. However, he made only two starts in September after
spraining a ligament and tendon in his pitching elbow. Millwood's
injury appears to be the main reason why teams have not pursued the
eight-year veteran more aggressively this winter.
In six seasons with Atlanta, Millwood went 75-46. He was coming
off an 18-8 year when the Braves traded him to Philadelphia on Dec.
20, 2002, for catcher Johnny Estrada.
Millwood, who has won at least 17 games three times, got off to
a nice start in his first season. He pitched a no-hitter against
Philadelphia in April and was 8-2 before losing 10 of his last 16
With Philadelphia in the NL wild-card chase, he went 0-3 with
two no-decisions in his last five starts as the Phillies fell back.
Still, the Phillies offered him a three-year, $30 million deal
during the '03 offseason that was turned down by his agent, Scott
Boras. Millwood signed a one-year, $11 million contract with the
Phillies last February.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder, who has pitched more than 200 innings
four times, came into spring training last year 10 pounds lighter,
but what he hoped would be a comeback season was derailed when he
hurt his elbow in an Aug. 5 start against San Diego.