Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  By Tyler Mason  |  Last updated 7/31/14
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins got busy early Thursday, the final day of baseball's non-waiver trade deadline. Minnesota acquired left-handed starting pitcher Tommy Milone from Oakland, sending outfielder Sam Fuld to the A's. Fuld, 32, began the 2014 season in Oakland but was later placed on waivers and claimed by Minnesota. He appeared in 54 games for Minnesota, batting .274 with 17 RBI. Milone, 27, made 16 starts for the A's this year but was the odd man out of the rotation after Oakland acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs on July 5. Milone was 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 96 1/3 innings this year for the A's. He was sent to Triple-A Sacramento on July 5 and was 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA in four starts with the River Cats. The Twins assigned Milone to Triple-A Rochester. Milone doesn't possess overpowering stuff, as his fastball averaged just 86.5 mph this season, according to FanGraphs. Still, the Twins receive a potential major-league arm in exchange for an early-season waiver claim by completing this deal. The acquisition of Fuld gives Oakland another outfielder after the A's traded Yoenis Cespedes to Boston in the Lester deal. Fuld's previous tenure in Oakland was brief, as he played in just seven games before he was placed on waivers. Additionally, the Twins are recalling first baseman Kennys Vargas from Double-A New Britain. Vargas, 23, hit 17 homers and drove in 63 runs in 97 games with the Rock Cats this year. The Puerto Rico native also played in the Futures Game, representing the World team. In six minor league seasons, Vargas batted .288 with 59 homers. While his bat has been impressive in the minors, Vargas' defense at first base remains a bit of a work in progress. Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter
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