The Cleveland Indians free agent Kevin Millwood signs with the Texas Rangers in a $60 million, five-year contract. The 31-year old right-hander, who had the lowest ERA in the American League last season, will anchor a pitching staff which will include newcomers Vicente Padilla and Adam Eaton from the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres.
He will play with the Rangers until 2009. In 2006, he and Padilla will win 15 games; a total not matched by a Rangers pitcher until Scott Feldman in 2009.
In 2008, when batters did hit the ball against him, it was with uncommon success, as his .358 batting-average-against on balls in play was the highest in the major leagues.26% of all balls put in play against him were line drives, the highest percentage in the majors.