The Oakland Athletics have a wealth of starting pitching after completing a trade with the Chicago Cubs for Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija. While that trade was helpful for Oakland, it could end up being a good thing for the New York Yankees also.
After pulling the trigger on the trade with the Cubs, the A's sent starter Tommy Milone down to Triple-A. Now, you may not think much of Milone because he isn't a household name, but after looking at his numbers, you may be a fan of a possible deal sending him to the Bronx.
Milone is posting a 6-3 record with a 3.55 ERA and is giving up less than a hit per inning in 2014. Before he was optioned down to the minors, Milone was 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA in his last 11 starts, which are numbers that exceed almost every pitcher in the Yanks' rotation not named Masahiro Tanaka.
Tommy Milone – 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA in his past 11 starts – has been optioned to Triple-A by Oakland. Think they have enough pitching? Jeez.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 5, 2014
This isn't a flash in the pan starter, either. The left-hander has been solid for the past few seasons with ERAs of 3.74 and 4.14 in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Should he not continue his hot stretch of late, at worst Milone is a starter that will give you a decent to good start every time out.
That would be a welcome relief for manager Joe Girardi, who is sending out a stable of inconsistent pitchers on a daily basis that don't have the major-league stuff Milone possesses.
Now that the Athletics are loaded, Milone could become a trade chip and a guy the Yankees must look at. He doesn't have No. 1 starter stuff so he won't command a ton in return and he'd slide in nicely as a back-end of the rotation guy with potential to move up that totem pole.
Even if he requires a bit more than the Yanks hope to give up, Milone is still under team control for three more seasons and won't be going anywhere. At the age of 27, Milone is more than just a short-term solution for a team looking to get younger in their starting five.
Milone is the perfect option for the Yanks all-around, whether it be his numbers, age or cost. The Bronx Bombers don't need to add two aces at the trade deadline and Milone could be the perfect candidate to be that middle to back-end of the rotation guy the Yankees are looking for that can keep them in games.
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