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Report: Tommy Milone has asked the Athletics to trade him

Jul 21, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT

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Tommy Milone was bumped to the minors after the Athletics acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel earlier this month and now FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the left-hander has asked for a trade.

Milone was hardly deserving of a demotion, posting a 3.55 ERA over 16 starts at the major league level this season. The 27-year-old southpaw was 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA over his last 11 outings prior to being sent down to Triple-A. So this was a case of the numbers game, not anything shady. While Milone understandably believes that he should be pitching in a major league rotation right now, the Athletics don’t appear likely to give him his wish.

The Athletics have received trade inquiries on Milone, but the team is not eager to move him, knowing he might be needed due to injury or ineffectiveness, sources say.

Milone’s current predicament has ramifications beyond the obvious. He would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason had he remained in the majors all year, but his time in the minors will push that back. It’s a frustrating situation for him, but baseball is a business and you can’t blame the Athletics for building depth. They have already lost two starters, Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, to Tommy John surgery this season.

  1. clydeserra - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    I am wondering how this got out. I know Rosenthal, but who told him? why? what’s the angle?

    As noted, Milone is the only starter with options, it was obvious he got the short straw. Sure, its natural to want to be in the majors where he has proven he should be, (he has a career 100 ERA+ in 450 innings) but 1-demanding a trade is dumb knowing his situation and 2 leaking it doesn’t help him in any way.

  2. onbucky96 - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    “This isn’t personal. It’s strictly business.”

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Among Baseball international “business” is only applied in the MLB.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:16 AM

      Leave the glove. Take the cannoli.

  3. barrywhererufrom - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Hope the yanks can trade for him..

  4. husky2score - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    I sure hope the O’s do everything they can to get this guy. That would give the team any needed playoff boost in my opinion.

  5. vikings84 - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    You are welcome here in Minnesota Mr. Malone.

    • Bryz - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      You should learn his last name before you start suggesting he’s welcome anywhere.

  6. mikhelb - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    So when other teams delay service time for a player they are being shady and should be criticized.

    When Beane does it, is pure strategy and should be applauded.

    It seems like that.

    • clydeserra - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      when teams don’t have any better players in the positions and leave the player down, that is shady. this isn’t the same situation.

      They A’s have Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija all of whom are better starters.

      Then there is Jason Hammel Jesse Chavez and Tommy Milone. Chavez has been great this year, and doesn’t have any options, If they cut him from the 25 roster, they will lose him to the first team in line on the waiver wire.

      Hammel is in the same position, he has been great this year and can’t be optioned without passing through waivers.

      Milone has been great in his past 10 starts. but mediocre for a few years. Didn’t make the post season roster. I think he was sent down in august to make room for Gray. Also, the A’s can keep him if they send him to AAA. At least for this year.

      they are not messing with him to save money, they are messing with him because its the right baseball decision.

      • daveitsgood - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        Not to mention that down in Sac, he pitches regularly where as if he were up with the A’s, he’d be pitching irregularly out of the pen or in spot starts.

  7. gloccamorra - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    I guess they didn’t have a middle reliever or other bullpen guy with options either? That would make Milone a reliever, for which he might no be suited. One thing that’s obvious is demanding a trade, if true, is a good way to lower your stock value with the organization. I wonder if he realizes he jeopardized a September call-up, and possibly a World Series share and ring? The other player voting on shares, at least, don’t appreciate that during a pennant race.

  8. penguins87and71 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    He would look great in a Pirates jersey right now. Pirates need another starter, especially a lefty.

  9. tuberippin - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    Milone is a pitcher whose numbers are saved by pitching primarily in Oakland. His home/road splits are pretty stark.

  10. tcostant - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Great point on service time.

  11. penguins87and71 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    On second thought Tommy Milone isn’t worth it. His home numbers are great, but his road numbers are terrible. Milone doesn’t pitch that hard either, his 4 seam fastball ranges from 87-89 mph, and he complements it with a cutter (84–86), curveball (75–79), and changeup (79–82), he also throws a two-seam fastball. The Athletics are also unwilling to trade him, incase someone on the pitching staff gets injured. The only way they would trade him is if they got a 2B man. That would mean the Pirates would have to give up either Walker, Harrison, Hansen(4th overall prospect in Pirates system), or Jones(14th overall prospect in Pirates system). In my opinion that’s to much for Milone.

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