In a swap of a Triple-A pitcher for cash considerations the A’s have acquired left-hander Brad Mills from the Brewers.
Mills is 29 years old and far from a prospect, posting an ugly 7.76 ERA in 53 innings as a big leaguer. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and was never particularly promising, but Mills does have a 1.56 ERA and 77/18 K/BB ratio in 75 innings at Triple-A this season.
It’s possible that Oakland just needed some organizational starting pitching depth, but it’s also possible they think Mills has made a few adjustments and could help them later this season as a low-cost pickup.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.