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reds44
07-11-2008, 05:43 PM
http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2008/07/yankees_sign_eric_milton_to_mi.html



Gernal manager Brian Cashman confirmed the Yankees have signed lefty Eric Milton to a minor-league contract.

Milton, who turns 33 next month, is still recovering from "Tommy John" surgery. He threw on flat ground today in Tampa, Fla., and is at least six weeks away from pitching in games.

"If he does anything to help us this year, that's fine," Cashman said. "We're just going to have a chance to get an advance look (for 2009)."

Milton was the Yankees' No. 1 draft pick in 1996 but they traded him to Minnesota in February 1998 as part of a package for Chuck Knoblauch. Milton has an 87-84 career record and 5.01 ERA for Minnesota, Philadelphia and Cincinnati.

The Yankees have also worked out but not signed right-hander Victor Zambrano.

nate
07-11-2008, 05:46 PM
I was just about to post this!

RedsManRick
07-11-2008, 05:49 PM
Good for Eric. For as badly as he pitched, he was a stand up guy who always took the blame. I his time off for Tommy John has also help his knees. As a person, he deserves a second chance.

HumnHilghtFreel
07-11-2008, 05:51 PM
Worst thread title ever!

Reds1
07-11-2008, 05:52 PM
Worst thread title ever!

Agree. I thought he was coming back here. I was -well. I can't say on a public thread. :D

*BaseClogger*
07-11-2008, 06:22 PM
He wasn't that bad in 2006 or 2007, especially if you give him a decent defense and a neutral home park...

redsmetz
07-11-2008, 06:34 PM
It's ironic this is posted as we head into Milwaukee because my son and I saw him pitch probably his best game as a Red against the Brewers at Miller that night. And Cordero debuted with the Brew-crew that night.

savafan
07-11-2008, 06:47 PM
I wonder where he'll get his Yankee tattoo at

Jpup
07-11-2008, 06:49 PM
He wasn't that bad in 2006 or 2007, especially if you a decent defense behind him and in a neutral home park...

he was terrible, every year.

MasonBuzz3
07-11-2008, 06:59 PM
I wonder where he'll get his Yankee tattoo at

I think he already has one actually

Strikes Out Looking
07-11-2008, 09:13 PM
And the fans in Central Florida and New England rejoice!

cincrazy
07-11-2008, 09:25 PM
He wasn't that bad in 2006 or 2007, especially if you a decent defense behind him and in a neutral home park...

um.............

*BaseClogger*
07-11-2008, 10:40 PM
he was terrible, every year.


um.............

ERA's of 5.19 and 5.17 are respectable when you consider he had a terrible defense behind him and pitched in a flyball pitcher's nightmare. If he would have been with the Cardinals he probably would have had an ERA closer to 4.50 (just look at Kyle Lohse)...

cincrazy
07-11-2008, 11:14 PM
ERA's of 5.19 and 5.17 are respectable when you consider he had a terrible defense behind him and pitched in a flyball pitcher's nightmare. If he would have been with the Cardinals he probably would have had an ERA closer to 4.50 (just look at Kyle Lohse)...

In 2007 Milton only threw 31 innings or so, and in 2006 he allowed 79 hits in 67.1 innings to go with a 4.95 ERA and 13 home runs on the road, in the NL. Not the absolute worst numbers you'll ever see compared to his 2005 numbers, but certainly not good by any stretch.

*BaseClogger*
07-11-2008, 11:26 PM
In 2007 Milton only threw 31 innings or so, and in 2006 he allowed 79 hits in 67.1 innings to go with a 4.95 ERA and 13 home runs on the road, in the NL. Not the absolute worst numbers you'll ever see compared to his 2005 numbers, but certainly not good by any stretch.

We can agree he was not good... which is exactly why I phrased it as "not that bad". I don't see why it would that bad of a move for some MLB teams to pick him up as a fifth starter...

Razor Shines
07-11-2008, 11:50 PM
We can agree he was not good... which is exactly why I phrased it as "not that bad". I don't see why it would that bad of a move for some MLB teams to pick him up as a fifth starter...

I don't think it's a terrible idea for a team like the Yankees, they have the money to miss. It's all about his knee though. His bad knee made him put too much pressure on his arm and his elbow gave out. If he's rehabbed that knee very hard in his time off he might be able to get his MPH up to a workable number and he might be useful.

Tom Servo
07-11-2008, 11:52 PM
If only I still lived in New Jersey, I could probably catch a homerun ball given up by Uncle Milty while still in the vicinity of my home.

KronoRed
07-12-2008, 12:33 AM
He couldn't end up with a more deserving team :clap:

Chip R
07-12-2008, 12:46 AM
He couldn't end up with a more deserving team :clap:


Oh, yes he could.

MrCinatit
07-12-2008, 02:08 AM
Four years later, the Yankees finally get their man.

Jpup
07-12-2008, 02:32 AM
IF he ever starts in Yankee stadium, it will be his only one.

gm
07-12-2008, 03:36 PM
I've seen this movie before, except the pitcher was RH and now he pitches for the Cubs. (Can't remember his name, but it sounded something like dumpster?)

Marc D
07-12-2008, 03:50 PM
So if they are that desperate for pitching Arroyo has to be looking pretty attractive wouldn't you think? Its not like his contract is a problem for them.

Always Red
07-12-2008, 06:50 PM
Good for Eric Milton: he was a stand-up guy who had a tough time here in Cincinnati. I can wish him only the best!

redsrule2500
07-12-2008, 07:06 PM
He'll probably become fantastic. I call it.