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A’s one-dollar man Brad Mills is starting tonight

Jun 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Earlier this week the A’s purchased Triple-A left-hander Brad Mills from the Brewers for one dollar and tonight he’ll join Oakland’s rotation by starting against Boston in place of the injured Drew Pomeranz.

Mills’ minor-league contract basically allowed him to opt out if he wasn’t in the majors by now, but technically the Brewers had to offer him around for a buck and the A’s gladly snatched him up for $24,999 less than a standard waiver claim.

Mills is 29 years old with a 7.76 ERA in 53 innings as a big leaguer, but he pitched very well at Triple-A for the Brewers’ affiliate with a 1.56 ERA and 77/18 K/BB ratio in 75 innings.

And really, what else can you buy for a buck these days?

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  1. greej1938l - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    2 gumballs depending where you’re at…or 4 sodas again depending where you’re at….you asked..

    • esracerx46 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Depending on where you’re at its also called pop. Not sure where you live but you can barely buy 1 for a buck everywhere I’ve been…unless its those cute mini cans

      • rollinghighwayblues - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        Believe it or not, here in Texas at the statewide grocer chain, HEB, you can still get cokes (Texas speak for any kind of soda) for .25 outside every store.

      • uwsptke - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        You can buy the mini-sodas… in Minnesota. But ironically, they call it “pop.”

      • pandorasdadca - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Wal-Mart brand soda in their vending machines. Worst soda you’ll ever drink.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Some lottery tickets can be bought for $1. Good luck with this gamble.

    • dan1111 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      I bought a lottery ticket for $1, but I was bummed out to find I had to pay a pro-rated portion of $500,000 per year to keep it.

    • dan1111 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      $1 was enough to beat the Red Sox, sadly.

  3. hoopmatch - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Good luck to Brad tonight. I hope he throws a no-hitter.

  4. RickyB - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I’d buy that for a dollar!

  5. Tick - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    If he ends up pitching great for the A’s too, it’s clear that Beane finally sold his soul to the devil to win that elusive championship. We may have to reboot/reimagine Damn Yankees after the season.

  6. onbucky96 - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Argh. Karma for Doug Melvin fleecing the Angels in the Greinke deal.

  7. rje49 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    He’ll probably throw a no-hitter against my punchless Sox tonight. When half your line-up is hitting around .200, that qualifies as punchless, doesn’t it?

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