Perhaps in an attempt to add a bat to their bench, the Yankees tried, and according to one report were unsuccessful, in their add Kevin Millar who is expected to sign a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays.
Here at BBD we have discussed the Yankees bench and had not mentioned Millar much, or at all. That’s mostly because he has regressed into a hitter who can barely clear a .700 OPS. and would have been even lower had it not been for Yankee pitching.
The Yankees interest in him could have been just to keep him from extending his career at their expense.
Millar started becoming a pest to the Yankees in 2003 when he joined the Boston Red Sox. When he left after the 2005 season they must have thought they would be getting a break until he signed with the Baltimore Orioles and continued to swing a hot bat against them.
Even last year Millar had a .333 BA/.392 OBP/.682 SLG in 17 games against the Yankees. Over 110 games in his career those numbers dip only slightly to .300/.383/.519.
Now on a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, the Yankees only hope is that he doesn’t make the team and stays in the minors.
One note that could help Yankee fans rest easy, Millar is 4-for-16 with four K’s and only four singles in his career against CC Sabathia.