Sources: Millwood leaves Red Sox organization

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Sources: Millwood leaves Red Sox organization

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON -- Right-hander Kevin Millwood, whom the Red Sox signed to a minor league contract May 19, has left the organization, according to several sources.

Millwood made 13 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, posting a record of 5-1 with a 4.28 ERA. In his last start, Friday against Buffalo, he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts and a home run. In his previous start, July 30 against Louisville, he struck out a season high 10. The PawSox were 11-2 in his starts.

Millwoods locker was cleared out after Saturdays PawSox win over Buffalo.

He had an opt-out date in his contract for June 20, but chose to stay with the organization. He also had an opt-out date in a minor-league contract with the Yankees earlier in the season, which he did use, eventually signing with the Sox.

Millwood, who turned 36 in December, is a veteran of 14 major league seasons. He was drafted by the Braves in the 11th round in 1993, making his big league debut with Atlanta in 1997. He has a career record of 159-137 with a 4.11 ERA in 414 games (406 starts) for Atlanta, Texas, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Baltimore. Last season with the Orioles, he posted a record of 4-16, a career-high in losses, with a 5.10 ERA in 31 starts. He signed as a free agent with the Yankees in March, but was granted free agency on May 1 without ever appearing in a major league game.

After signing with the Sox in May, Millwood, who pitched a scoreless inning for the National League in the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park and threw a no-hitter for the Phillies against the Giants in 2003, was asked his best-case scenario.

Obviously, in the long haul, itd be up in Boston and pitching well, he said. Every outing I have here with Pawtucket is going to help me in my way back.

General manager Theo Epstein could not be reached for comment.

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Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.