Why Johnny Estrada Is Worth Kevin Millwood: Valuing Players As Assets
In the fall of 2002, Kevin Millwood was on top of the world. He had just completed his fifth full season as a regular in the Atlanta Braves starting rotation, helping lead the team to its eleventh consecutive Division crown. After posting the tenth best ERA in the National League he was poised take over as the staff ace from sure-to-be Hall-of-Fame rotation mates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who would soon depart the club. At 27, he had already made one All-Star team (1999) and more trips to the mid-season classic seemed inevitable as he looked to be budding into one of the game’s most dominant pitchers entering the prime of his career.