Tommy Milone dominated at Triple-A Rochester for a second consecutive season with a 1.66 ERA and 7.6 K/9, but he struggled again at the major league level. He bounced from the bullpen to the rotation but had just a 6.4 K/9 and 5.71 ERA. Milone has good but not elite control and groundball rates, which aren't enough to overcome an 87.6 mph average fastball in the majors. At 30 years old, he may spend most of his time at Triple-A again in 2017, but he'll compete for his roster spot with the Brewers during spring training after inking a minor league deal with Milwaukee in December.
Milone signed a one-year deal with the Brewers on Wednesday. Owner of a 4.14 ERA and 16.8 percent strikeout rate for his career, the veteran southpaw does not currently project to be a part of the Brewers' rotation on Opening Day. That said, he will undoubtedly be asked to eat innings, one way or another, and could step in if the Brewers were to trade one or two of their more valuable starters. Given his lack of velocity (87.3 mph average fastball in 2016), Milone does not project to be much of an asset if he moves to relief. The terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Milone became a free agent Monday after declining his assignment to Triple-A Rochester, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports. Milone is coming off a poor 2016 campaign where he ended the year with an ERA of 5.71 over 69 innings of work for Minnesota. There's now a glimmer of hope that he'll remain at the major league level, but his most recent work for the Twins will undoubtedly have other teams around the league highly skeptical of even giving the 29-year-old a shot at fighting for a spot in their rotation when 2017 spring training rolls around.
Milone was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Monday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Milone has shown some promise during his big league career, but his low-strikeout ways paired with his ability to give up home runs forced the Twins to send the left-hander off the 40-man roster. If he accepts the assignment, he'll likely go on to act as organizational pitching depth.
Milone (biceps) was reinstated from the DL on Friday. Left biceps tendinitis has kept Milone sidelined since Aug. 11. He posted a 5.68 ERA in 65 innings, mostly working as a starter, earlier this season, so even if he slots back into the rotation, there's not much reason for fantasy owners to pay attention to Milone over the season's final three weeks.
Milone (biceps) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports. Earlier reports said that Milone would throw a bullpen session Friday, but it appears that the Twins are confident enough in his progress to have him throw Wednesday. An estimated return for the 29-year-old southpaw should be known in the near future as he increases his throwing activities.