As of Thursday afternoon, left-hander Tommy Milone might be saying to himself, "Be careful what you wish for." Because he sure got it.
With the non-waiver trade deadline ticking down Thursday, the Oakland Athletics traded Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld. The deal came about 10 days after Milone asked the A's to trade him because they had sent him back to the minor leagues.
Sounds great for Milone, right? With top-tier left-hander Jon Lester coming to Oakland in another deal, there was little chance that the A's were going to get Milone any more starts this season. So he's better off elsewhere. Except:
Now THAT is some irony. As Miller says, the stint at Class AAA is "for the time being," so Milone ought to join Minnesota's big-league rotation someday. Collectively, the Twins starters have posted a 4.97 ERA, 28th of 30 teams in the majors. They could use an improvement, and Milone is — on the surface.
Milone has posted a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts for the A's this season, but he's been at Class AAA Sacramento since July 9. Now, he's at Rochester, (N.Y.), which still isn't the majors.
So, for the moment, consider Milone's request to the A's half-granted.
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