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Blue Jays claim one-dollar man Brad Mills off waivers from A’s

Jul 17, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

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Last month the A’s bought left-hander Brad Mills from the Brewers for the princely sum of one dollar. Then, after promoting him to the majors and giving him three starts the A’s designated him assignment. And now the Blue Jays have claimed Mills off waivers.

Mills actually began his career in Toronto. He was the Blue Jays’ fourth-round pick in 2007 out of the University of Arizona and debuted for them in 2007.  He’s bounced around a ton since then, including spending time in five organizations since the beginning of last season.

Mills is a marginal big leaguer and at age 29 there’s no real upside to be had, but he held his own in three starts for Oakland and was really good at Triple-A for Milwaukee’s affiliate before being sold for a buck, posting a 1.56 ERA and 77/18 K/BB ratio in 75 innings.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Why not? He is left handed and has a pulse. Buffalo can use him.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Rogers Sportsnet is reporting that Mills has been told to report to Toronto and might be active for Friday’s game. If that is accurate, I wonder who will be removed from the roster? Santos? Happ?

      • The Rabbit - Jul 17, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Heya PC,
        Hope all is well.
        cur, Jonny5, YankeefanLen, and a few other of the crazies that you know decided some weeks ago that Santos was not really on the DL, but was actually in a secret facility transitioning into a zombie.
        After his activation, we decided as a group that Zombie Santos wasn’t any better than his previous incarnation, so he’d be my first guess.
        As you can tell, watching multiple baseball games online while chatting with this group usually leads to “interesting” observations.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        Thanks for the insight. I have to agree with you and hope that Santos is deep sixed. Happy cruising and keep the flying critters out of your teeth while you do so.

    • clydeserra - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      ca’t go to buffalo. Otherwise the Brewers would have kept him.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        How is that? He was in Triple A with The Brewers.

      • clydeserra - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        I think, think, he signed a minor league deal with them then accepted a minor league assignment for some amount of money ($100,000??). But those, I think, come with an automatic opt out date.

        So when he was traded to the A’s he was going to become a free agent anyway because he is out of options and beyond the opt out date. If the A’s could have stashed him at Sacto, they would have.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM


  2. silversun60 - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Deck Mcguire was DFA’s to make room on the 40.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Deck McGuire had been first round pick, but has been a major disappointment. Pitching poor teams might take a flyer on him.

  3. clydeserra - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Don’t teams get like $25,000 compensation for a waiver claim?

    So less three weeks salary, (about what $50,000?) les a dollar.

    Not bad. Who said Moneyball was dead.

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