Twins get good return in Tommy Milone for former waiver claim Sam Fuld
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The Twins on Thursday traded outfielder Sam Fuld to the Oakland Athletics for pitcher Tommy Milone, the team confirmed. Fox Sports first reported the trade.
The A's designated Fuld for assignment in April this season and the Twins claimed him. He filled in as Minnesota's center fielder when shortstop Danny Santana was injured and after Aaron Hicks was demoted to Double-A New Britain. In 195 plate appearances with the Twins, Fuld hit .274/.370/.354, which is slightly better than the league-average batting line for outfielders. Fuld missed more than a month with a concussion after crashing into the center field wall at Target Field.
Milone, 27, spent 2 1/2 seasons in the A's system after coming over from the Nationals. Milone has a 61:26 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 96 1/3 innings this season in Oakland's rotation. He's 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA.
The lefthander features a fastball, changeup, cutter and a curveball. His fastball this season has averaged 86.5 mph. Milone will report to Triple-A Rochester, the Twins said in a release. He's making $510,000 this season, according to Cot's contracts, and he'll have three years remaining of team control through arbitration before he's eligible to become a free agent.
Cashing in 50-plus games of a DFA'd outfielder for a starting rotation candidate is a good return and the Fuld waiver claim turned out to be a successful move for the Twins.