The Minnesota Twins are sellers at the 2014 Major League Baseball trade deadline, however, today they broke the silence by acquiring a new body. Looking to bolster their rotation going forward, the Twins have acquired Tommy Milone from the Oakland Athletics.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting the deal, and it was a straight up trade for Sam Fuld.
Milone is a soft tossing left-handed pitcher, fitting perfectly into the Twins system. With the Athletics acquiring Jon Lester earlier this morning from the Boston Red Sox, Milone became expendable.
The acquisition of Tommy Milone for the Twins likely signifies the end of the line for Yohan Pino making starts in the Minnesota rotation. Unfortunately, this would also seemingly push out the debut of both Trevor May and Alex Meyer in Minnesota. For now, the Twins will continue to burn both of their innings on meaningless Triple-A starts.
Milone comes to the Twins sporting a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts this season. He has struck out 61 while walking only 26 and pitching to a WHIP of 1.215
Sam Fuld is headed back to Oakland, where he started the year, in an attempt to give them some defensive flexibility. With Coco Crisp often injured, Fuld will be an insurance policy. It is a nice reward for Fuld, who now has a legitimate shot at a World Series ring this year.
It’s an interesting move for the Twins, especially considering that Ricky Nolasco has recently started a throwing program, and is working himself back towards the rotation. The Twins, for the first time in a while, seem to have a log jam in the starting rotation, but it depends on who will break out of the mediocrity in regards to who will stick.