Orioles trade Tommy Milone to Braves - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Rich Dubroff

Orioles trade Tommy Milone to Braves


The Orioles traded left-handed starter Tommy Milone to the Atlanta Braves for two players to be named later on Sunday.

They also traded reliever Mychal Givens to the Colorado Rockies for two infielders and a player to be named later.

Milone was signed to a minor league contract on February 14th just after spring training began, and was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter on July 24th after John Means was held back because of arm fatigue.

In six starts, the 33-year-old left-hander was 1-4 with a 3.99 ERA. Milone was listed as Monday’s starter against Toronto.

The Orioles are receiving two players to be named later, according to reports. They’ll be prospects who are not in Atlanta’s 60-man player pool. It’s the third deal Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias has made since the season began.

On July 31st, Elias sent left-handed reliever Richard Bleier to the Miami Marlins for a player to be named later. Two days before, he sent right-hander Hector Velázquez, who was acquired during spring training and never pitched for the team, to Houston for a player to be named later.

The trade deadline is at 4 p.m. on Monday. Other Orioles mentioned in trade speculation have been relief pitcher Miguel Castro, starter Alex Cobb and second baseman Hanser Alberto.

Cobb’s contract might be an impediment. He’s in the third year of a four-year $57 million contract.

The Orioles will have to find their second replacement starter in a week. Last Sunday, left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who also was signed to a minor league contract, suffered a season-ending elbow injury.

LeBlanc was replaced in the rotation by Jorge López, who will start Sunday in Buffalo against the Blue Jays.

The Orioles could use left-hander Keegan Akin, who was promoted from the alternate site at Bowie, or use Thomas Eshelman, who has major league starting experience to start on Monday.

Atlanta will be Milone’s eighth major league team. He had two iterations with Washington and also has pitched for Oakland, Minnesota, Milwaukee, the New York Mets and Seattle.

The Orioles have 39 players on their 40-man roster and 57 in their 60-man player pool.



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