Dodgers Sign Free Agent Eric Milton

The Dodgers picked up another veteran pitcher on the eve of Spring Training. LHP Eric Milton to a Minor League contract to join the competition for the fifth starter spot or the bullpen.

LHP ERIC MILTON
6-3 220 BL TL
Born- August 4, 1975 in State College, PA
Obtained- Signed as a free agent 2009


Milton, a 10-year veteran, will receive $650,000 if he makes the club with another $1.05 million in starter incentives or $150,000 in relief incentives.

Milton was the Yankees #1 pick in 1996 (20th overall) and signed in September, missing the entire season.

In 1998 he was traded to Minnesota and in his Major League debut on April 5, he held Kansas City scoreless for six innings, allowing six hits and striking out a pair.

On September 11, 1999, he pitched a 7-0 no-hitter against the Angels, the fifth no-hitter in Minnesota history and the last to date. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 2001.

In 2003 was traded to the Phillies and led them in wins (14). Granted free agency at the end of the 2004 season, he signed signed a three-year, $25.5 million with the Reds before the 2005 season but went 16-27 from 2005-07.

Again granted free agency in 2007 he signed as a free agent wit the Yankees but did not see any Major League action.

A left-hander, Milton has missed the past 1 1/2 seasons recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction. The 33-year-old has an 87-84 career record.

The 33-year-old was 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in six starts for the Cincinnati Reds in 2007, then went on the disabled list and underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery.

He spent last year rehabilitating in the New York Yankees' minor league system, and was 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in six late-season starts with Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Milton will initially compete for the fifth spot with Jason Schmidt, Eric Stults, Claudio Vargas, Ramon Troncoso and Shawn Estes.

If added to the 40-man roster, the pitcher would get a one-year contract calling for $650,000 in the majors and $72,000 in the minors. He could earn an additional $1.05 million based on starts five through 30, and $150,000 based on relief appearances 50 through 70.

Eric Milton

year  tm         w-l  era  gm   gs  in     h  bb   so  whip
1197  Minn A+    8-3   3.11  14  14  93    78  14   95  0.99
      Minn AA    6-3   3.10  14  14  78    59  36   67  1.22
1998  Minnesota  8-14  5.64  32  32  173  195  70  107  1.54
1999  Minnesota  7-11  4.49  34  34  206  190  63  163  1.23
2000  Minnesota 13-10  4.86  33  33  220  205  44  160  1.25  
2001  Minnesota 15-7   4.32  35  34  220  222  61  157  1.28  
2002  Minnesota 13-9   4.84  29  29  171  173  30  121  1.19
2003  Minnesota  1-0   2.65   3   3   17   15   7   66  0.94
      Minn A+    0-0   0.00   1   1    2    1   2    2  1.50
2004  Phillies  14-6   4.75  34  34  201  196  75  161  1.35
2005  Cincinnati 8-15  6.47  34  34  186  237  52  123  1.55
2006  Cincinnati 8-8   5.19  26  26  153  163  42   90  1.34
2007  Cincinnati 0-4   5.17   6   6   31   39   9   18  1.53
2008  Minnesota  Did not play
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 ML total       87-84  5.01 266 265 1558 1635 447 1107 1.34  
 Minor           14-6  3.07  29  29  173  138  52  164 1.10


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