The Minnesota Twins have acquired left-handed starter Tommy Milone from the pitching-rich Oakland Athletics in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports broke the news that an agreement had been reached:
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN provided the additional details:
The Athletics then confirmed the swap:
#Athletics acquire outfielder Sam Fuld from the Minnesota Twins for left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone.— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) July 31, 2014
Milone took to Twitter to thank Athletics fans:
Peter Gammons provided a synopsis of A's general manager Billy Beane discussing the acquisition of Fuld on MLB Network, courtesy of Rosenthal:
It's a unique deal. Fuld signed with the Athletics during the winter but was designated for assignment after just seven games. The Twins claimed him off waivers, and he made 53 appearances for the team before being shipped back out west.
Milone was having a solid season in Oakland with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts. He got caught on the wrong side of a numbers game, however, as the addition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel left him without a spot in the starting rotation.
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The Athletics proceeded to send him to the minor leagues, an arrangement he was unsurprisingly disappointed by. Rosenthal reported last week that the 27-year-old lefty had requested a trade following his demotion to the Sacramento River Cats.
His chances of getting back in the Oakland rotation took another hit early Thursday when the team acquired Jon Lester in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Red Sox also involving Yoenis Cespedes, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Now Milone will head to Minnesota, where he should get a chance to get back to the major leagues sooner rather than later.
Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports he'll start in Triple A immediately following the deal, though:
Also, Tommy Milone will report to Triple-A Rochester for now. Vargas takes Fuld's place on roster.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) July 31, 2014
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports weighed in on the deal:
Sam Fuld has a .370 OBP, can play a more-than-adequate CF if Coco Crisp's neck worsens, is beloved in clubhouse. Milone had 6.43 ERA at AAA.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014
Which is not to say Milone is a bad pitcher, per se. It's just that the idea he had some sort of crazy trade value is absolutely incorrect.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014
Still, it's a nice get for the Twins, who could definitely use pitching depth. Furthermore, he's scheduled to remain under team control through the 2017 season, and they got him in exchange for a player they claimed off waivers just a couple months ago.
Milone wanted a chance to continue proving his worth as a full-time starter in the majors. Minnesota hopes he lives up to his own expectations and eventually becomes a key cog in its rotation.