Kevin Millwood opts out of contract

Updated: May 2, 2011, 4:02 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- After the New York Yankees decided not to add Kevin Millwood to their major league roster on Sunday, Millwood opted out of his contract, the team announced.

The Yankees signed Millwood late in spring training as insurance for their starting staff. With Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon pitching well, the Yankees didn't have a spot for Millwood, even with the uncertainty surrounding Phil Hughes' future.

Millwood's incentive-laden contract gave him the option to opt-out of the Yankee organization if he were not called up to the majors by May 1. Millwood went 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, though he lasted only two innings in his final start at Scranton.

Millwood, 36, is free to sign with any other team following Sunday's game. Last year with the Baltimore Orioles, Millwood was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA.

The YES Network first reported Millwood's opt-out.

Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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