MLB: Twins acquire Milone from A’s, extend Suzuki
Left-hander Tommy Milone was traded to the Minnesota Twins as the Oakland Athletics remained active at the trading deadline Thursday.
FOX Sports 1 first reported the trade.
Outfielder Sam Fuld went back to the Athletics in the trade. Fuld, 32, was batting .358 in July. and began the season with Oakland.
Milone had won a career-high six straight decisions when the A’s optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento on July 5 after acquiring right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs.
The demotion did not sit well with Milone, who asked to be traded.
Manager Bob Melvin said Milone called him stunned the day the news broke. The A’s were able to send Milone to Sacramento because he’s not out of options.
“I don’t think there’s any softening to it,” Melvin said of Milone possibly having a change of heart. “He wants to pitch in the big leagues. He’d much rather do it here. When you’ve had the type of success that he’s had and you’re pitching in the minor leagues, that’s not somewhere he wants to be.”
Minnesota’s starting rotation lacks a No. 1 starter. Ricky Nolasco was signed to a $47 million deal to lead the rebuilt starting staff, but he is 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and is currently on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury.
Phil Hughes, signed as a free agent from the New York Yankees, has emerged as the team’s top starter.
The A’s acquired another starting pitcher Thursday, netting ace left-hander Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox in a deal that sends outfield Yoenis Cespedes to Beantown.
With Lester and Samardzija ahead of Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir, Milone appeared to be ticketed for no better than a relief role if he made it back to Oakland this season.
Twins extend C Suzuki through 2016
The Minnesota Twins extended catcher Kurt Suzuki through the 2016 season, agreeing on a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday.
Suzuki will make $6-million in both 2015 and 2016. The deal also includes a $6-million vesting option for the 2017 season.
Suzuki, 30, has appeared in 89 games for the Twins this season, including 80 games behind the plate. The 2014 All-Star is hitting .304 (93-for-306) with 19 doubles, 41 RBIs, 26 runs scored, 29 walks and a .367 on-base percentage, including a .313 batting average with runners in scoring position.
Among American League catchers, he ranks first in batting average, on-base percentage and doubles, tied for second in hits and fourth in RBIs and walks.
The nine-year veteran has played in 929 career games, hitting .257 with 171 doubles, 69 home runs and 400 RBIs for Oakland, Washington and Minnesota.