Larry Lucchino has made a point of advertising the fact that the Red Sox are now heavily pursuing Kevin Millwood, the reigning AL ERA king formerly of the Cleveland Indians. This is a move I find highly dubious, without a cascade of other moves in the pipeline. It’s not that Millwood wouldn’t be a decent addition to the Red Sox; he’s been a pretty consistent performer for the duration of his career, and it sure looks like the last remaining way to success in the AL is to stack a rotation and bullpen, considering that modest offense that resides on paper in the Bronx, with lite versions in both Boston and Toronto. But Millwood is represented by Scott Boras. Scott Boras just got Jarrod Washburn a $35M+ contract for four years. So what does Millwood, a better pitcher by almost every measure, get? $40M? $45M? Dare I say $50M? I would assume a signing like this would enable Matt Clement to put his house on the market or Bronson Arroyo to get another sticker on his guitar case (while at the same time reducing both their trade values). If the Sox bite, then it means one of two things. First, it could be that the disinterest they apparently showed Damon was to focus on pitching. Or, it could simply mean that they are reacting (or, overreacting?), that they’ve chosen Millwood nwo that Damon has moved on. So, a 31 year old starter over a 32 year old centerfielder. A (pretty much) career National Leaguer over a career ALer. An unknown over a known. And a run-of-the-mill North Carolinian over a highly marketable Kansan. Without a corresponding trade of either Arroyo or Clement for decent value (meaning a CF, a SS, or a very very good prospect), and at Scott Boras prices, I’d pass.