Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The city of Baltimore is openly mad at Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar for throwing out the first pitch for the Red Sox. Yes, Millar has ties to most of the players and coaches on the team, but throwing it out for someone in your own division, in the playoffs, isn't right. Could the people in the Front Office be so upset with Millar that they will look to trade him? I doubt this is the case, but Millar would definitely draw interest from around the league. The Giants are looking for a first baseman with Ryan Klesko on his way out and Millar would be a good upgrade. The Orioles and Giants have worked several trades with the Giants in the past, so this is plausible. Maybe a minor league prospect or two for Millar would do the trick, but Millar has just one more year on his contract which might turn the Giants off. Millar will make 2.75 million next season which is fair considering he will probably hit .260 with 15 HR. Another possibility is the Yankees, who are looking for a first baseman. This would make Ted Williams sit up in his freezer, but the Yankees would love to have his bat and experience in their lineup. Calls were not immediately returned from Brian Cashman, but I see the Giants, Yankees, and Rangers being interested in Millar if the Orioles decide to shop him.