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."
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