The Oakland A’s are proud owners of a new pitcher this afternoon and all it cost them was a dollar. Literally, just $1 dollar. Sound a little odd? That’s because it is, though such deals aren’t completely unheard of.
Needing to remove pitcher Brad Mills from their roster as he was set to opt-out of his minor league contract, the Brewers traded the reliever to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for the dollar bill on Tuesday afternoon.
Mills has been fantastic for the Brewers Triple-A organization posting a 1.56 ERA during his stint in Nashville though for whatever reason, couldn’t crack a spot in the Brewers bullpen though his sub-par Major League career likely was behind that.
Of course, it’s not outlandish to hear of a player, especially a pitcher struggle during the early years of their career only to turn around their game as they mature. Now 29, it’s believed the Athletics will give Mills an opportunity to crack the back of their starting rotation though if that doesn’t work out he could be placed in the bullpen. Then again, considering he cost them a dollar, they could just decide to release him as well though they’ll be on the hook for the remainder of his contract so the whole ‘dollar’ thing is a little misleading if he is to be released.
Back in 2011, the Brewers made another move where they traded a player for $1 dollar, this time moving catcher Wil Nieves to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for the currency.