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MLB Trade Rumors: Oakland A’s Getting Calls on LHP Tommy Milone; Could Yankees Be Calling with Interest?

July 21st, 2014 at 12:11 PM
By Douglas Rush

When the Oakland A's were able to swing the deal with the Chicago Cubs on July 4 to get Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel for their starting rotation, someone had to lose their spot on the team and be sent down to the minors.

That was the case for lefty Tommy Milone, who was 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts with 61 strikeouts in 96.1 innings; numbers good enough to be on most team's rotations, yet because of Oakland's surplus of pitching, Milone was sent down to the minors to make room for their newest pitching acquisitions and it's why the A's and Billy Beane are receiving calls on Milone, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Monday.

"Teams naturally are calling the Athletics about left-hander Tommy Milone, who is stuck at Triple A despite producing a 3.55 ERA in 16 major-league starts this season. Milone lost his spot in the rotation after the A’s acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, but the team is reluctant to move him, knowing he might be needed due to injury or ineffectiveness. Hammel has been unimpressive in his first two starts with the club. The Athletics continue to look for a second baseman. Milone, 27, becomes eligible for arbitration this offseason, and is under club control for three more years."
With Oakland looking for a second basemen at the deadline; two names come to mind. One would be Philadelphia Phillies second basemen Chase Utley; especially if he were willing to waive his no-trade clause to return to his home state of California despite his desire to stay with the Phillies.
The other would be Yankees prospect Rob Refsnyder, who is currently tearing things up in Class-AA Trenton and not likely to be called up until the 2015 season once Brian Roberts is a free agent and off the payroll.
Since coming to the A's in the deal that sent Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals in 2012, Milone is 31-22 with a 3.84 ERA and has had relatively good success in his time with the A's, and was considered a major surprise that he was the one that got sent down, but with their surplus of pitching, it would make sense for Oakland to consider trading him, especially if a team like the Yankees needed pitching.
Of course, someone like Samardzija or Hammel or anyone else in the A's rotation like Scott Kazmir who has had injury issues in the past, could get hurt and then the A's would immediately call back Milone to be in the rotation, thus why they have hesitation to deal him before July 31.
So if any team wants to try and pry Milone away from Oakland and Beane, they will need to make a whopping offer for Beane to even consider dealing him this summer.


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