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.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.