In 2005, right-hander Kevin Millwood recorded a 2.86 earned-run average -- lowest in the American League -- in his lone season pitching for the Cleveland Indians.
Now Millwood will be reunited with his Cleveland manager (Eric Wedge) and pitching coach (Carl Willis), having agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners.
Millwood, 37, will likely compete for a spot in the rotation behind Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas and, most likely, Hasashi Iwakuma, a free agent from Japan signed earlier this winter.
Another rotation candidate is right-hander Hector Noesi, whose acquisition from the Yankees, along with catcher Jesus Montero, is expected to be officially announced Monday.
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The M's impending signing of Millwood was first reported by the Gaston Gazette of Gaston County, N.C. Millwood is a native of Bessemer City, N.C.
The source of their story was a weekend Facebook posting by Kevin's sister, Erika: "Also we got some news at Jacobs party -- -- -- We are now Seattle Mariners fans! Kevin signed with Seattle tonight -- -- whoohoo Go Seattle!"
Millwood has a career 163-140 record, and was a National League All-Star in 1999, when he went 18-7 with a 2.68 ERA for the Atlanta Braves.
But his last two years have been rocky. He was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA with the Orioles in 2010. In 2011, he signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on March 25, but opted out after three minor-league starts. He signed with the Red Sox on May 19 and was released on Aug. 7 with a 5-1 record and 4.28 ERA in 13 starts for Class AAA Pawtucket (exercising an opt-out clause in his contract).
The next day, Millwood signed with the Rockies and was 4-3 with a 3.98 ERA in nine starts. This winter, Millwood reportedly turned down a one-year, $1 million offer to return to Colorado.
After his season with Wedge and Willis in Cleveland, Millwood signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Rangers.
Larry Stone: 206-464-3146 or lstoneseattletimes.com.