Shortly after swinging what will likely be the biggest trade of the day, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane sent pitcher Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins, granting his wish to be traded. In return, the Athletics acquired journeyman outfielder Sam Fuld, likely to help fill the void left by Yoenis Cespedes.
The Twins’ starting pitching has been dreadful over the past few seasons, ranking last or close to last in nearly every statistical category. However, the team has made an effort to acquire young starting pitchers through the MLB Draft and at the trade deadline over the past few seasons.
Milone adds to a list of young starting pitcher prospects in the Twins’ system, which includes Alex Meyer, Jose Berrios, Trevor May and Kohl Stewart. However, Milone will likely report directly to the Twins major league club while the rest of this group continues to develop in the minor leagues.
Recently it was reported that Milone had requested a trade due to not being a part of the Athletics’ starting rotation. With the acquisition of Lester, Milone became even more expendable to Athletics.While Milone does move from arguably the best team in baseball to one of the worst, he will have an opportunity to pitch immediately. Milone brings with him to Minnesota a 3.55 ERA and 6-3 win-loss record.
If Milone can continue to pitch for the Twins as he had for the Athletics, he could become the No. 2 or 3 starter in Minnesota for years to come.