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Athletics option Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento

Jul 5, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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Having added two starting pitchers — Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel — in Friday’s big trade with the Cubs, the Athletics needed to juggle the roster a bit to make room. The club announced that outfielder Nick Buss was designated for assignment, and that Tommy Milone has been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

Milone, who was shocked to learn of his demotion, began the year in the Athletics’ starting rotation but didn’t make his season debut until April 11 due to scheduling and a rainout. Over 16 starts, the 27-year-old lefty posted a 3.55 ERA with a 61/26 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings.

Buss, 27, was claimed by the A’s off waivers from the Dodgers in early May and spent his time since with Triple-A Sacramento. In 250 plate appearances, he posted a .683 OPS. He’ll likely pass through waivers and the A’s will keep him right where he is.

The A’s, by the way, have listed Samardzija as Sunday’s starter against the Blue Jays.

  1. riverace19 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Kind of a shocker. Maybe move to the pen but AAA? He’s a Jamie Moyer type and that’s a compliment. The Athletics have pushed their chips all in

    • clydeserra - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      not a shock at all really.

      He has an option (two really), no other player could be taken off the 25 roster so easily. He may be useful in the pen, but he needs to be ready for if/when somebody breaks.

      and bill really shorted tomaso. he was 6-0 with a 2.62 in his last 11 starts since the A’s chose to demote straily instead of him. Both were equally bad in the first month, but Milone was actually a little worse.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      I was surprised by this move, as Milone had pitched so well recently. But the combination of him having options and Johnson being immovable is what made this the preferred move by the FO.

  2. syphermce - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    He’ll be back up by the end of July after Hammel struggles in the rotation and is moved to the bullpen.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Milone is one of the rare ball players who, the first time he got to bat in a ML game, hit the first pitch he saw for a 3 run home run. And of the guys who have homered in their first MLB at-bat, he’s one of just 22 whose career HR totals remain at 1. And one of those guys is in the Hall of Fame.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Chavez threw 87 innings last season between AAA and the majors, he’s at 103 IP right now. Good timing to transition him back to the pen. Even though he’s shown enough to be considered a starter going forward, moving to relief will help keep his innings down this season.

    Milone had a 4.49 xFIP. Post-trade, he is the 7th best starter for the A’s, and he has options. Moving him down will allow him to stay stretched out as a starter and available to the big-league club as a backup starter.

    I going to go ahead and say the A’s now have the best, deepest rotation in the AL. Only the Dodgers rival them in the NL. Just another great series of moves by Beane.

    • clydeserra - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      exactly this. the only problem is there really is no room in the bullpen for anyone.

      Doolittle, O’flarhety and abad (lefties) Cook, Otero, gregerson, johnson (right). Johnson has obviously not performed well, but he can’t be dumped or moved or optioned.

      If Chavez falters further due to fatigue, there are going to be tough choices made for Beane and company. I am guessing Chavez will have “blisters” or “right arm strain” or something.

  5. gloccamorra - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    How does Billy Beane know that Samardzija will pitch good, now that he’s expected to win? Look what happened to Garza when the Cubs traded him last year.

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