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Tommy Milone declines to comment on report he requested a trade from A’s

Jul 22, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of reported yesterday that A’s left-hander Tommy Milone has requested a trade after being demoted to Triple-A despite plenty of success in the big leagues.

Several beat reporters covering the A’s expressed surprise over the report, saying Milone doesn’t seem like the type of guy to make that request or at least make that request and then go public with it.

And then last night Milone’s wife posted the following on Twitter:

Last night Joe Stiglich of asked Milone about the Rosenthal report and Milone declined to make any comment, which clearly won’t do much to end the speculation.

At the time of the demotion Milone had gone 6-0 with a 2.55 ERA in his previous 11 starts, so it obviously wasn’t performance based and instead was due directly to the A’s acquiring a pair of starters via trade in Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. They’ll need Milone again at some point, but as a 27-year-old with a 3.84 ERA in nearly 500 career innings he’s certainly right to feel that he doesn’t belong in the minors.

  1. sjsharksfan11 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    He requested a trade big deal. I’d want out of Oakland too. Place is a dump

    • ianw72 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      This coming from a Sharks fan. Biggest losers on the planet.

  2. jilljulias - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    I can understand if he did ask for a trade. The A’s have treated him as a disposable player. Why not dispose of him? Give him a chance somewhere that would actually not want to dispose of him!

  3. mikhelb - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    It is understandable if he wants to be traded to a team where he can pitch regularly at the MLB level, specially so if the move by the A’s strips him of the opportunity to cash in his formidable year by denying him the chance to go to arbitration and now he’ll have to wait until after the 2015 season to go to arb.

    Also it is understandable if he asked for a trade and doesn’t want to comment on that.

  4. karlkolchak - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Milone has another reason to be upset that not just based on his performance. If he pitches a full season, he’ll have three full seasons of service time and will be arbitration eligible and due a big raise next year. If he stays down long enough, that might be placed in jeopardy (although he might still qualify as a Super 2). In other words, this move could end up costing him millions of dollars in salary.

  5. chip56 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    There’s a difference between requesting a trade and demanding a trade. I’m sure Milone is disappointed to be in AAA despite showing that he’s a good ML pitcher and so if he said that he would be grateful if the A’s could find him a place where he can go start – there’s nothing wrong with that at all. I’m sure there are players who request (for development or family reasons) to be traded all the time. “Hey, my mom isn’t doing so well and I’m here in Durham while she’s in Tacoma, if there’s a way you could make it work I would appreciate it”

    Kinda crappy of Oakland to put it out there for the public with no context.

    • clydeserra - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      why do you think Oakland put it out there?

      • chip56 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        Just a guess.

  6. geoknows - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    @tinypotpie? Really?

  7. offthelows - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I think if you’re Milone you can also see how you’ll end up the #6 starter stuck in triple A next year too. His “insurance policy” status is costing him a lot of money. I’d want out too.

    • clydeserra - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      he won’t be in AAA next year. This was his last option.

      Again, its business. the players negotiated the option years. He has an option.

  8. oldpitchingcoach - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    O.K…I don’t Myspace,Faceplant, Twaddle, or any other social media but now, I feel the need for my 2 cents input to the world.
    Billy Beane, what the F*** are you doing?
    Here are some ideas for you.
    1) DFA (Jesus) Johnson (first pitch in a relief situation, home run. “Jesus Johnson!”)
    2) Trade Ryan Cook and/or Jason Hammel for prospects
    3) Recall Tommy Milone
    4)Send Jason Hammel/Ryan Cook to triple AAA
    5)Trade Josh Reddick for more prospects
    6)Keep Steven Vogt
    7)Recall Tommy Milone

    Hammel is a National League serviceable (at best) pitcher..Didn’t the Orioles have him a few years ago? And they don’t have him now, why? Best bet is to quit abusing Tommy Milone, and the team player that he is, and recall him now.

    • clydeserra - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      1) DFA Johnson gives you Fernando Rodriguez, not tommy Milone. Milone is a starter. a left handed starter, not a right handed short reliever

      2) Cook and Hammel? Really? Cook is a big piece of your bullpen. You know, the one you want to win with this year. (and relief pitchers don’t have a lot of value) Hammel sure, trade him, I prefer a 2B.

      3) this is what we are discussing

      4) Hammel can’t be sent to AAA, if you take him of the 25 he is gone. Why cook? do you hate cook?

      5) Reddick’s value is at an all time low, you are at best getting B- or C prospects for him. The A’s have plenty of those.

      6) They are keeeping Stephan Vogt. (although he is due to regress, unless he suddenly became Tony Gwynn)

      7) what?

      Hammel has spent 1/2 a season in the NL

  9. bkool37 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    The MLBPA better step here and but Billy in his place. They are trying to deny him arbitration.

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