Report: Tommy Milone asks Athletics for a trade

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Jonathan Papelbon and Jimmy Rollins aren't what they once were, but they would help Detroit. (USATSI)
Jonathan Papelbon and Jimmy Rollins aren't what they once were, but they would help Detroit. (USATSI)

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Left-hander Tommy Milone asked the Athletics for a trade after being demoted to Triple-A earlier this month, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. He lost his rotation spot following the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel trade.

Rosenthal says several teams have called Oakland to ask about Milone, but they are not inclined to move him. They are under no obligation to trade him despite his request. The team prefers to keep the southpaw as rotation depth even after the big deal with the Cubs.

Milone, 27, was 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts for the Athletics this year. He is 31-22 with a 3.74 ERA in 442 2/3 innings for Oakland over the last three seasons since being acquired from the Nationals in the Gio Gonzalez trade. Milone has a 3.33 ERA in 167 2/3 Triple-A innings over the years.

The Athletics are not doing anything against the rules and they're merely taking advantage of a player with minor-league options. It is really unfortunate for Milone, who deserves a big-league rotation spot, but his time will come soon enough. Right now he is stuck serving as the club's sixth starter.

Tommy Milone wants out of Oakland.
Tommy Milone wants out of Oakland. (USATSI)

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