That seemed to be the case for Oakland A’s pitcher Tommy Milone. John Hickey, Athletics writer for the Bay Area News Group, heard from manager Bob Melvin that Milone is all but assured a rotation spot for 2014. Right now, the Athletics have six pitchers competing for five rotation spots, and it would stand to reason that A.J. Griffin, Sonny Gray, Jarrod Parker, and free agent acquisition Scott Kazmir are shoo-ins for the top four spots. That would leave Milone and Dan Straily from last year’s major league roster to fight it out over the last two spots.
27-year old lefty Tommy Milone started 26 games for the A’s in 2013, pitching to a 12-9 record with a 4.14 ERA in 156.1 innings. He struck out 126 batters and posted a 3.23 K/BB ratio.