30 January 2009
The Baltimore Orioles wil not be offering Kevin Millar a contract for 2009:
"Yeah, the bottom line is, obviously, they want to go in a different direction,'' Millar said from his home in Beaumont, Texas. "Now, what that means, I don't know. Are they going to win games this year? No. Obviously we know that going in. You've got to be realistic.
As MLB Trade Rumors points out, we all know the O's are going to struggle this year, but it's rare to see a player say it so bluntly, and so early in the year.
Millar goes on to say that he expects the O's to put Aubrey Huff at first base and use Luke Scott at DH and in the outfield... but he was frustrated that the Orioles didn't think a clubhouse guy with experience with the team and in the AL East would help, especially with the younger players the O's are trying to work into the mix.
Millar has never been afraid to talk to the media, but you know things are bad when a guy like Millar calls out the team like that. Only Seattle (101) lost more games than Baltimore (93) last season, so you can appreciate his frustration... Millar hit .234 for the O's, with 20 homers and 73 RBI, but he hit just .222 in August, earning him jut 49 at-bats in September, where he hit just .163.
Bottom Line: Minus one catcher... (tick, tock) the Red Sox roster appears to be complete, so don't expect El Bencho to make a glorious return to Boston (as much as we'd all love it!). Sources say the Blue Jays and Giants have expressed interest, but Millar will likely have to wait for guys like Manny, Dunn, Abreu and other FA's to sign before he gets a deal.
Kevin - You'll always be welcome in Boston. Here's to ya!
It's 2009, but maybe this is still bugging the O's...
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