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Updated: July 31st, 2014 10:22am
Twins get good return in Tommy Milone for former waiver claim Sam Fuld

Twins get good return in Tommy Milone for former waiver claim Sam Fuld

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7/18/2014
Sports Over Beers, episode 24. Jim Souhan on trade deadline for the Twins
Jim Souhan joins the Sports Over Beers podcast for some plausible Twins trade scenarios. This episode was recorded at Brothers in downtown Minneapolis, and is sponsored by Shock Top -- Live Life Unfiltered. The Twins should be trade-deadline sellers, the question is whether or not they’ll realize that in time. Which players should the Twins look to trade? Josh Willingham, Kendrys Morales, Kevin Correia, Kurt Suzuki? Who are some that aren’t getting talked about much who could or should be moved? Trade candidates or not: Sam Deduno? Trevor Plouffe? Casey Fien? Souhan’s top-3 trade options. Can Josmil Pinto be the Twins catcher of the future or should the Twins extend Suzuki? -- Will Terry Ryan and Ron Gardenhire be here this time next year? What do you think about these roles: Paul Molitor manager, Tom Kelly bench coach. Robin Yount? -- The guys take a walk down memory lane with some obscure Twins from the past, including a story about a former ballplayer and potential drug dealer. How did the steroid era slip by largely unnoticed for a while? -- Outlining the Elbow Empowerment Program. What’s the next ‘Moneyball,’ or market inefficiency?
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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

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.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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