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OAKLAND – A’s manager Bob Melvin said he’s spoken with pitcher Tommy Milone, who made news Monday when it surfaced that he’s requested that Oakland trade him.
It was Milone that sought Melvin out for a phone conversation, the lefty apparently wanting to clear the air and make sure his big league manager knows where he’s coming from.
Milone was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on July 5 despite posting sparkling numbers leading up to his demotion, and Oakland’s big league rotation looks booked as it currently stands following the trade for starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
Fox Sports reported Monday that Milone has asked for a trade, and that the New York Yankees are one team interested in him. Milone has declined comment on the matter.
“He got a hold of me when all of this was coming out. I’m pretty sure he didn’t expect this to get the play it has,” Melvin said. “To an extent, he’s looking out for his big league career , and he’s pitched really well for us. You don’t blame him for wanting to be in the big leagues. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to be here. He does wanna be here. He’s respected by his teammates, and he respects the situation going on here. But he wants to be in the big leagues, and I don’t blame him for that.”
Milone was 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA over his previous 11 starts before being optioned to Sacramento.