Athletics trade Tommy Milone to Twins for Sam Fuld

The Oakland Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld. The A’s moved Milone just hours after acquiring All-Star pitcher Jon Lester in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox. Milone, 27, is 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts this season.  But he has spent most of this past month in the minors. Fuld, 32, returns...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Tommy Milone wants Athletics to trade him

The Oakland Athletics sit in an enviable position. They have one of baseball’s top pitching staffs, to go along with great depth in the higher levels of the minor leagues. But according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, one pitcher that’s currently being used as minor league depth, wants to be traded. Rosenthal reports that after being sent to Triple A, left-handed pitcher Tommy...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Rumors: Three Potential Starting Pitcher Trade Targets

In news that seems to be about as shocking as the San Antonio Spurs making the NBA playoffs, the Oakland Athletics are reportedly interested in checking out the MLB trade market for a starting pitcher.  According to the great Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle… Given the issues with the back end of the rotation, there is little doubt that Oakland, a definite contender...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

A Minor Review of 2013: Athletics

There is always a bit of a lull between the end of the minor league playoffs in September and the start of the annual top prospects lists in early November. Because of that gap, I’m breathing new life into an old feature that I wrote for the site in FanGraphs’ infancy back in 2008 and 2009. The series ‘A Minor Review of 2013′ will look back on some of the major happenings...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

A’s Flourishing Behind a Motley Crew of a Starting Rotation

Take one 40-year-old coming off a PED suspension, add a former first round draft pick and Tommy John survivor, mix them with a soft-tossing lefty and two relatively nondescript finesse right-handers, and what do you get? Well, the starting rotation of the 2013 Oakland A’s, that’s what. Despite the mixed bag of starters, you’d be hard-pressed to find a five-deep group of starters...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Friday: July 5, 2012

Two things yesterday kept it from being a great day and caused it to become just a decent day. The first was Josh Hamilton's home run in the ninth inning. I would have let Adam Wainwright finish the game. But hindsight is always 20/20. The second was that crazy game between the Mets and the Diamondbacks. My pick in that game had multiple chances to win and after fifteen innings...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Friday: June 14, 2013

The picking day on Thursday finished a game over .500 and it still feels like a major victory. Granted, it was mediocre and barely acceptable, but it was the first day in the black this week. That is a victory. Of course, two games went a combined 32 innings to be wrong. Those extra inning games never help. Ever. And it seems there have been more of them than ever before. As usual...
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June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Saturday: June 8, 2013

Andrea did her thing and the three games I said were in jeopardy yesterday were all washed out. The mini-monsoon is now directly over my head here in Maine washing out yet another weekend. That is bad for me, but good for the rest of the East Coast I suppose. The picks were decent. The only game that seriously torqued me was the Yankees loss to the Mariners. Not that I begrudge...
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June 08, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Friday: May 24, 2013

When there are only five games on the schedule, there is not much to work with and just a couple of wayward picks can sink the day. That was the case yesterday. Young, Kevin Gausman, was not terrible for the Orioles yesterday. But that team's bullpen is just awful lately and gave up eight more runs in three innings of work. Ouch. Speaking of bullpens, Ryan Dempster was not...
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May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 174: More Week One Reactions by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam share their thoughts on Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum, Yu Darvish, Fernando Rodney, the Royals, Tom Milone, Shaun Marcum, and more.
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy: The Importance of Tiered Positional Rankings

If you ask a fantasy expert what the most important element of a successful fantasy draft is, they’ll often respond with “preparation.” It’s hard to argue that reading a bunch of articles, listening to different podcasts, and mock drafting are all very helpful to a fantasy player. Do those things. But for my money, the most important thing you can do to prepare for a draft...
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February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 burning question: Oakland Athletics

Continuing from our season preview of the Athletics earlier today... Will the A's pitching staff be able to replicate their awesome 2012? In 2012, the A's pitching staff had a 3.50 ERA, the sixth best mark in baseball and second best mark in the American League. Four of their five starting pitchers (with Brandon McCarthy being the lone exception) return, and five...
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February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings: A Sampling of Profiles

Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America We have been releasing teasers of our staff consensus rankings with the hopes that you will break the bank and purchase our 2013 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit to see the full versions, and more importantly, show us your support. Thanks in advance. Here is a sampling of the starting pitcher profiles you can find in the Kit. We’re...
Via The Fantasy Fix
February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers vs. A’s: Jarrod Parker, Tom Milone to Pitch for Oakland in Detroit

True to form, the upstart Oakland A's will send a pair of rookie starting pitchers to the mound in Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS in Detroit. Continue reading →
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October 05, 2012  |  Discuss

A-mazing! a Baseball Story for the A-ges

I love stories, and what the A’s did this year is one of the most amazing stories in baseball history. I haven’t written about the Oakland Athletics at all this year because I didn’t know what to say. I don’t know anybody on their team, I couldn’t take them seriously, and I didn’t know how they were winning. They seem like a rag-tag crew of pickings off the scrap heap...
October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Sox Look for Silver Lining

By The Boston Red Sox, bowing to reality, have done the right thing in jettisoning those big contracts and making a commitment toward the future. Now they can let Bobby Valentine finish out the season, then can him and bring in somebody else over this winter. But that’s down the line. The Sox still have 30 games to play this season; 30 games in which to make a run...
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August 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Daily Notes, Largely Concerning Tom Milone’s Change

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Tommy Milone’s Changeup 2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game) 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Tommy Milone’s Changeup What the Attentive Reader Might Notice The attentive reader might notice that Tommy Milone is pitching for Oakland tonight, against Cleveland. What a More...
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August 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Grey and Rudy Expert League Update – All-Star Break 2012

It’s halfway through the season so it’s time to share how well (or poorly) we’re doing in our various fantasy baseball expert leagues.  Rather than rehash good/bad draft picks (you can see that in our last update), I’ve just noted what place we’re in, who’s in 1st/last, a twittersque summary of how each team is doing, and then, to show we’re good sports, some praise...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

The Razzball Podcast – The One Where Grey And Rudy Cry

The news of Longoria’s injury broke (key word) just before we recorded this thing so you have to excuse our voices with the long faces.  We own Longoria everywhere.  (Rudy even owns him in the RCL, which brings me a very, very small ounce of joy.  And now Tom Milone doesn’t seem half as bad of a start against the Rays.  Rays, why do you scorn me?!  I’m so delirious with...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Daily Notes for April 19th

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Brief Previews for Select Games 2. Unhelpful Video: Cleveland Hits Four Home Runs 3. Crowdsourcing Broadcasters: Colorado Radio Brief Previews for Select Games Here are brief previews for four of today’s games — each including the preferred television feed of FanGraphs readers, per the results...
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April 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Tom Milone and the Scourge of a Weak Four-seamer

While velocity isn’t everything when it comes to being a successful major league starting pitcher, it’s surely a large part of the story. Starting pitchers who have a higher velocity — particularly on their four-seam fastballs — tend to have higher strikeout rates and induce weaker contact from opposing batters. And pitchers who can limit balls in play through strikeouts...
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April 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Overthinking It: Seven Things You Didn't See Last Season by Ben Lindbergh

There were 2429 major-league games played last season.* Most of the things that can happen in a baseball game happened in one of those. With a few exceptions, teams and players will do all of the same things in 2012 that they did in 2011—they’ll just do them in a difference sequence and more, or less, frequently than they did before. When and how often they do those nearly identical...
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April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Daily Dozen: Tom Milone Hates Strikeouts

Every morning we recap the previous night’s games, news and notes so that you’re up-to-date on everything baseball. As always you can follow us on Twitter (@BaseballProf) and like us on Facebook to get updated, fantasy-relevant news, tidbits and analysis. 1. To say that Tom Milone pitched to contact last night would be a massive understatement. His line was 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER...
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April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

What Happened Last Night?

Last night the Royals kicked off their series with the Oakland A's and unless you're a night owl, you probably did stay up to watch it. The Royals lost 1-0 as they wasted a solid first effort by Luis Mendoza, who seems to be trying on the Bruce Chen magic when it comes to pitching. He's getting people out, but we really don't know why. The bigger story in the...
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April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Audio: The Dave Cameron

Episode 162 Managing editor Dave Cameron is the guest — as he is most Mondays — on this Monday edition of FanGraphs Audio. Discussed: two recent pieces by Cameron: one on Felix Hernandez’s loss of velocity in the early days of the 2012 season; another on the Shutdown as potential replacement for the Save. Also: a pair of season debuts Monday night, one courtesy Japaniranian...
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April 09, 2012  |  Discuss
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