Orioles Land Veteran Kevin Millwood From Rangers

The Deal
The Orioles acquired veteran righthander Kevin Millwood (plus $3 million) from the Rangers, sending righthander Chris Ray and a player to be named to Texas. The Rangers had been eyeing Double-A lefty Ben Snyder in the Rule 5 draft, so he instantly became the player to be named when the Orioles selected him third overall in the big league phase.

Ray accumulated 49 saves while serving as Baltimore’s closer from 2005-07, but he missed most of ’08 after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Entering the final year of the five-year, $60 million pact he signed with Texas, Millwood averaged 31 starts per season for the Rangers but saw his strikeout rate degrade as he moved into his mid-30s. He went 48-46, 4.57 in four years with the club.

 
Rangers Acquire
Ben Snyder, lhp

Age: 24.

Born: July 20, 1985 in Bellevue, Ohio.

Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 224. Bats: L. Throws: L.

School: Ball State.

Career Transactions: Selected by Giants in fourth round of 2006 draft; signed June 20, 2006 … Selected by Orioles from Giants in Rule 5 major league draft, Dec. 10, 2009.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Connecticut (EL) AA 4 4 2.88 34 5 1 97 82 35 31 4 38 86 1.24

Snyder blossomed after switching to a relief role in Double-A this year, holding lefthanded batters to a ridiculous .146/.198/.197 line over 157 at-bats. That includes a 57-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio and only one home run allowed. It was a different story for Snyder versus righthanders, who clubbed him for an .829 OPS. In shorter relief stints, Snyder sits in the low 90s and spins a quality curveball. His starting background means that he has more experience throwing a changeup than most relievers, but he won’t need it much in what figures to be a left-on-left role. He’ll battle recent acquisition Clay Rapada for a situational role in Texas’ bullpen, but neither lefty can be sent to the minors without clearing waivers. Rapada is out of options, while Snyder remains subject to the guidelines of Rule 5 draft. Snyder’s older brother Brad, a Cubs’ first-round pick in ’03 who currently is a free agent, also attended Ball State.

 
Chris Ray, rhp

Age: 27. Remaining Commitment: 2 arbitration-eligible years remain prior to free agency ($850,000 in ’09).

Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Baltimore (AL) 2006 4 4 2.73 61 0 33 66 45 22 20 10 27 51 1.09
Baltimore (AL) 2007 5 6 4.43 43 0 16 43 35 22 21 5 18 44 1.24
Baltimore (AL) 2009 0 4 7.27 46 0 0 43 64 36 35 8 23 39 2.01
3-Year Totals 9 14 4.50 150 0 49 152 144 80 76 23 68 134 1.40
 
Orioles Acquire
Kevin Millwood, rhp

Age: 34. Remaining Commitment: 1 year, $12 million (Rangers pay $3 million).

Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Texas (AL) 2007 10 14 5.16 31 31 0 173 213 111 99 19 67 123 1.62
Texas (AL) 2008 9 10 5.07 29 29 0 169 220 104 95 18 49 125 1.60
Texas (AL) 2009 13 10 3.67 31 31 0 199 195 88 81 26 71 123 1.34
3-Year Totals 32 34 4.58 91 91 0 540 628 303 275 63 187 371 1.51

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