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A’s trade Tommy Milone to Twins for Sam Fuld

Jul 31, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

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Tommy Milone was the odd man out in the A’s rotation before today, so there was really no place for him in Oakland following the Jon Lester trade. And now the 27-year-old left-hander is headed to Minnesota is a deal that brings 32-year-old outfielder Sam Fuld back to Oakland.

Fuld has had a very nice season for the Twins, hitting .274 with a .370 on-base percentage and 12 steals in 53 games, but he’s a career .240 hitter with a .323 OBP and Minnesota claimed him off waivers from Oakland in April. In other words, three months ago the A’s didn’t even think Fuld was worth a roster spot. He’s a solid fourth outfielder who can get on base a little bit with good speed and plus defense, but mostly this move speaks to how little the A’s now think of Milone and how worried they are about center field with Coco Crisp and Craig Gentry hurting.

Milone’s numbers with the A’s have been solid, including a 3.84 ERA in 443 innings, but a good defense and a pitcher-friendly ballpark have made him look better than he actually is. He’s a soft-tossing southpaw with a career strikeout rate of 6.5 per nine innings–which certainly fits the Twins’ preferred pitching mold–but he’s closer to a fourth or fifth starter than a mid-rotation guy. Still, to get a useful 27-year-old starting pitcher for a 32-year-old outfielder you claimed off waivers a few months ago is a no-brainer move for Minnesota.

  1. tigers182 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Somebody please snip the phone wire in Billy Beane’s office!

    • southpaw2k - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Or call the phone company and have them pull the plug on his account, citing an unpaid balance or something.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Shorter Gleeman — borderline crap got swapped for borderline crap.

    • goawaydog - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      I doubt Beanes phone has a wire.

      • khearn101 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        You’re right. He probably has one of them cordless phones.

  2. dluxxx - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    What? The Twins made a good move? Color me shocked.

    Or course as Aaron stated, it was a no-brainer…

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Just wait until the Twins overhaul his delivery. 6.5 K/9 seems awfully high for the Land O’ Lakes.

      • kopy - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        It is.

  3. jerze2387 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    The first trade i could understand. this one, not so much. They couldnt at least get Viciedo (and im a sox fan!) or somebody that brings more than defense for Milone?

    The padres have outfielders theyd deal, Ryan ludwick is availible, Gerardo parra, Alejandro De Aza, Carlos Quentin…all would have brought more offense than Fuld and probably could have been acquired for Milone

    • timberwolvesbrisin - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      fuld’s OBP has been like 500 in july, he was playing some very good ball, both in the field and at the plate. if healthy he can help them

    • dluxxx - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      He’s CF insurance for the A’s and can platoon with Gomes (although Fuld actually has reverse platoon splits for his career). He’s more versatile and cost only $800K (much less).

      It also helps that he’s a known commodity with the A’s, but giving up a 4/5 starter for a 4th OF does seem like a pretty nice haul for the Twins and pretty odd for the A’s.

  4. Paper Lions - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Okay, it’s time to bitch.

    Whoever is responsible for adding these stupid videos on each post and having those videos autoplay needs to just stop….unless your goal is to get people to see their baseball news elsewhere. The videos are annoying, take up time, space, and bandwidth…and no one wants to see them.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Craig thinks he’s Bill Simmons. I’m not sure who that hurts worse.

    • Paper Lions - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Thanks HBT Overlords. Much appreciated.

    • flynnie321 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      And if you are at work they will get you fired.

  5. moogro - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Can you please not have your videos not auto-start and auto-play the next video? Or at least note when there is a video embedded in a link so that opening multiple tabs doesn’t inundate you with all these videos playing. This is very lame and not user-friendly web design.

  6. timberwolvesbrisin - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    “which certainly fits the Twins’ preferred pitching mold”

    I don’t think that is their preferred mode, that’s why they’ve been drafting guys with 95mph ability, including singing that guy off the street who throws 100MPH for 250K.

    It’s what theyve thrown out there due to being cheap and some bad decisions.

    • happytwinsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Amen. The Twins like everybody else would love to have 5 starters who all throw 95 plus, but guys like that are few and usually expensive. So, like everybody else, they get as many as they can and try to fill out with guys who usually get it done throwing in the low 90’s.

      All this “Twins preferred mold” talk is the tiresomely predictable, knee jerk cliches that I suppose get thrown at every team when they struggle to compete for an extended period.

  7. West Madison's town Whore - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    one of the few moves in recent years that has made sense for the twins

  8. jkaflagg - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    This is a nice Christmas present dropped on the door step for the Twins – a solid 4-5th starter for a waiver-wire bench piece ? It just can’t get much better than that. Beane is clearing the deck for a WS run in Oakland and obviously feels comfortable that Fuld can play a specific role this season, and doesn’t care that Milone has much more value both now and long term. While I won’t use the “All In” phrase since Beane is too smart to completely strip his team for coming seasons, he also clearly feels that this is the year to go for it – starting with staying ahead of the Angels and out of the one game wild card.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      I’d certainly use the phrase, and I do agree that staying out of the one-game playoff is a consideration. But Lester is the centerpiece of today’s maneuvers and has a good playoff history, and will absolutely, positively, not be a member of the Oakland A’s beyond this year. That’s what leads one to believe that this is the year, that Oakland will not be content with anything less than a WS championship.

  9. hauts81 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    With a fastball that apparently tops out at 86-87 I don’t know how much of a future he has, but at least he’s been able to get hitters out this season. The Twins can use any mediocre arm they can find.

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