Athletics, Twins Swap Tommy Milone, Sam Fuld

The Twins have officially acquired lefty Tommy Milone from the A’s in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld, the teams have announced.

Tommy Milone

Milone (pictured) lost his rotation spot with the Athletics earlier this month when the team acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, and any hope of him regaining that spot likely faded with Oakland’s morning acquisition of Jon Lester. The 27-year-old Milone had asked to be traded somewhere that he had a chance to start, and Minnesota certainly fits that bill. Specifically, the spacious Target Field seems a good fit for Milone’s fly-ball arsenal.

Milone had pitched to a solid 3.55 ERA with 5.7 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 38.4 percent fly-ball rate in 96 1/3 innings this season. He owns a 3.84 ERA with 6.5 K/9, 2.0 BB/9 and 36.8 percent ground-ball rate in 468 2/3 innings for the Nationals and Athletics. He is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason and can be controlled through the 2017 campaign. For the time being, Milone will report to Triple-A Rochester, per the Twins. However, 1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson tweets that it may be a procedural move more than anything. Milone just pitched Tuesday and is expected to be with the Twins soon, Wolfson hears.

Milone will add to a growing crop of Major League ready arms for the Twins, who have Alex Meyer and Trevor May knocking on the door at Rochester. Though several current members of the Major League staff have underperformed, including Kevin Correia, Ricky Nolasco and Mike Pelfrey (the latter two are currently on the DL), Minnesota could have a wildly different rotation in 2015.

Interestingly, the Twins claimed Fuld off waivers from Oakland earlier this year when he was designated for assignment. Presumably, he can form some form of platoon with the newly acquired Jonny Gomes in order to fill in for the now-departed Yoenis Cespedes.

The 32-year-old Fuld has been excellent for the Twins in 2014, slashing .274/.370/.354 with a homer, a dozen steals (in 15 attempts) and standout defense in both left and center field. In addition to platooning with Gomes, he can serve as a center field option for the A’s with Craig Gentry on the disabled list and Coco Crisp currently ailing. Fuld is a career .240/.323/.337 hitter and can be controlled via arbitration through the 2016 campaign.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported that Milone was headed to Minnesota (Twitter link), and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported that Fuld was going back to Oakland (on Twitter).

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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126 Comments on "Athletics, Twins Swap Tommy Milone, Sam Fuld"


bigbadjohnny
1 year 1 month ago

Great pick up from Twins

mlbaustin
1 year 1 month ago

Especially if it’s only for Fuld. Milone deserved a little more than that I would hope.

Trock
1 year 1 month ago

Agreed. Was hoping Cubbies could of pulled up a trade for Milone. Maybe Schierholtz

escapingNihilism
1 year 1 month ago

Milone was probably threatening to take hostages down in Sacramento, they had to free him

Alex Foltz
1 year 1 month ago

for Byron Buxton

Alex Foltz
1 year 1 month ago

and Nick Gordon

thesultanofswingandmiss
1 year 1 month ago

You forgot Miguel Sano

Wojo
1 year 1 month ago

Willingham?

Geek Skywalker
1 year 1 month ago

Should have been but sounds like the Twins were not going to moving him.

Seamaholic
1 year 1 month ago

Fuld’s better than Willingham these days.

Anthony
1 year 1 month ago

Maybe, maybe not.

escapingNihilism
1 year 1 month ago

which is strange, b/c he’s definitely not getting QO’d. he could be an August trade guy

mlbaustin
1 year 1 month ago

Fuld

John
1 year 1 month ago

Fuld+

Alex Foltz
1 year 1 month ago

Didn’t Fuld play on the A’s at some point this season already?

YanksFan4EverNamed_Nick
1 year 1 month ago

Yep and he’s goin back again

Alex Foltz
1 year 1 month ago

I feel like Millone was worth so much more than Sam Fuld. He still has lots of controllable service time.

YanksFan4EverNamed_Nick
1 year 1 month ago

Ik same feeling I can’t agree more I feel like sam fuld is a player u can get whenever not for tommy milone

Riceville Indians
1 year 1 month ago

Makes literally no sense. Terrible trade. I know Tommy wanted out, but I wouldn’t have appeased him for Sam freaking Fuld. Couldn’t they have gotten Byrd for Milone? I would think they could.

Seamaholic
1 year 1 month ago

Byrd’s a righty. Once they got Gomes, he was out of the equation. They needed a lefty platoon partner.

Riceville Indians
1 year 1 month ago

Fair point, but Byrd is head and shoulders a better player than Gomes. If they pursued Fuld over Byrd for that reason, I don’t like the line of thinking. Plain and simple, Fuld is not enough.

Anthony
1 year 1 month ago

Billy Beane’s finger is stuck on the trade button. Watch out!

Ralph Esposito
1 year 1 month ago

What a terrible trade for Oakland if its Milone for Fuld. Didn’t they release Fuld earlier?

Alex Foltz
1 year 1 month ago

DFA and was claimed by Minnesota

Daniel Hepple
1 year 1 month ago

Solid pick up.

Anthony
1 year 1 month ago

By who? Both teams?

Daniel Hepple
1 year 1 month ago

Twins. Milone has been solid.

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

Can’t believe he didn’t at least go to the Sox too =

mlbaustin
1 year 1 month ago

You HATE that trade!

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

Still would’ve been a win for you guys, and I’d be somewhat less upset.

Baseball Legend
1 year 1 month ago

It’s hard not to hate that trade. You have arguably one of the best and most realistic trade chips of the season and you get a comp pick and a guy under contract for 1 additional season on a team that looks to be a 75 win team at best in 2015. We’ll see, but its definitely not a solid deal for the Sox, especially now that a high upside arm just got traded for a 4th outfielder.

The_Porcupine
1 year 1 month ago

High upside and Milone should not be used together in a sentence. He’s a #4-5 starter at best.

buffalonichols
1 year 1 month ago

And he got traded for a fourth outfielder. Ouch.

Baseball Legend
1 year 1 month ago

Very weird. Indeed.

Expos '94 World Champs
1 year 1 month ago

And trade them Johnny Gomes too?!

OhioSox
1 year 1 month ago

Nice addition for the Twins.

coachofall
1 year 1 month ago

Fuld same War as cespedes this year with less flash

Anthony
1 year 1 month ago

That is not correct.

Fuld’s WAR this year is 0.7.

Cespedes’ WAR is 3.0.

(http://www.baseball-reference.com)

griffey9988
1 year 1 month ago

If all the Twins had to give up was Fuld that is a clear win for Minnesota.

mlbaustin
1 year 1 month ago

I hope Billy Beane is causing a new trend for GMs. Most GMs seem too scared to get ripped off so much they don’t do anything. I love the balls.

Curt Green
1 year 1 month ago

Totally agree with your post. There use to be more colorful GM’s in the past.

Seamaholic
1 year 1 month ago

Agreed. Churn is (usually) good. The high turnover GM”s tend to have good teams, but many GM’s are too insecure in their jobs to risk making a lot of moves.

The_Porcupine
1 year 1 month ago

There goes Beane exploiting the market trends. Teams overvaluing prospects, so I’ll trade my prospects to get a better team now. I like it.

Jack Hillyard
1 year 1 month ago

My Royals would never, ever make a bold move like Beane’s. Too scared of making mistakes. The Royals don’t have the killer instinct from the owner on down. This message is transmitted to the players who are all nice guys but don’t have the killer instinct. Of course, the owner is not that committed to winning as long as the profits continue to roll in.

Merrill Danford
1 year 1 month ago

It’s like we’re long-lost baseball twins! (I’m an M’s fan grinding my teeth. 13 years and counting; my teeth are practically gone. But the hesitance this year is killing me.)

Anthony
1 year 1 month ago

I agree. He’s fun.

BTW, Oakland ranks 23rd in home attendance. Nothing changes on that front, until they build a sparkling new stadium on the edge of the Bay … ha ha.

MB923
1 year 1 month ago

It’s for Sam Fuld

MB923
1 year 1 month ago

Boy the A’s surely like going after their former OFers. First Gomes, now Fuld.

Expos '94 World Champs
1 year 1 month ago

Next headline: A’s trade minor leaguers to Mets for Chris Young, convince Eric Byrnes to come out of retirement.

selw0nk
1 year 1 month ago

Sam Fuld coming back to Oakland.

Sean
1 year 1 month ago

What a steal for the Twins. Tommy deserves to be an ML starter

Mike1L
1 year 1 month ago

ok, now i really don’t understand what beane is doing.

Travis2014
1 year 1 month ago

All in man…all in and he is doing a good job maximizing their chances.

Alex Foltz
1 year 1 month ago

by giving away Tommy Millone? How much does Sam Fuld really change this team? The team that already let him walk away.

Seamaholic
1 year 1 month ago

Yeah, pitching depth is still kind of important. Beane making a HUGE gamble that his top four will stay healthy. Sure would be nice to have Milone around as insurance.

Travis2014
1 year 1 month ago

It’s horrible for the future, but you never know how valuable he will be. It makes them better. One big hit and he could go down in A’s history as a hero…Never know.

With most of the bats on the market outfielders I am surprised they didn’t go for someone a little better or better thought of.

Spectac1
1 year 1 month ago

Ugh, I don’t like this one.

MB923
1 year 1 month ago

Not a good trade for Oakland here. A middle of the rotation starter for a 4th OFer?

Seamaholic
1 year 1 month ago

And a 4th OF who was just waived by the A’s, what, a couple months ago? Or am I making that up?

MB923
1 year 1 month ago

He played 7 games for Oakland and was DFA I believe.

mlbaustin
1 year 1 month ago

Yeah, at the time Gentry was on the DL. Once he came off, Fuld was put on waivers and claimed. The A’s were hoping he would make it through waivers.

oleosmirf
1 year 1 month ago

Sam Fuld is the best they can get for Milone?

Spectac1
1 year 1 month ago

He gave up 12 earned runs in his last 2 AAA starts. He eats up innings but can get hit hard. The run he was on before he got sent down was him playing above his talent level. He’s not going to go 6-0 with a sub 3 ERA for the rest of his career.

Seamaholic
1 year 1 month ago

If you want to talk about “playing above his talent level,” see Sam Fuld, last couple months.

Gunnar Bishop
1 year 1 month ago

He was upset about being optioned to AAA, so he wasn’t trying. Same with Doubront before Boston traded him to the Cubs… he just wasn’t going to give 100% in a relief role.

Alex Foltz
1 year 1 month ago

How is Millone not worth holding onto? He would have been just fine, if not great as the #5, moving Chavez back into relief. I know he’s not a future #1-#2, but I could see him peaking around a solid #3 starter, which is valuable. I just don’t get it.