Twins acquire Tommy Milone from A’s for Sam Fuld

KANSAS CITY — The Twins bolstered their rotation before Thursday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, acquiring left-hander Tommy Milone from the A’s in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld.

Additionally, the Twins will recall first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas from Double-A New Britain to join the team in Kansas City on Thursday. Vargas, ranked as the club’s No. 11 prospect by MLB.com, was hitting .281/.360/.472 with 17 homers, 17 doubles and 63 RBIs in 97 games.

Milone, 27, has been a solid starter in parts of four seasons with the A’s, going 32-22 with a 3.84 ERA in 78 starts and two relief appearance. The left-hander is 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA this season to go along with 61 strikeouts and 26 walks in 96 1/3 innings with the A’s.

But Milone was at Triple-A Sacramento at the time of the trade, as the A’s had plenty of pitching depth after acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in early July. He’ll report to Triple-A Rochester, as Vargas will take Fuld’s spot on the roster.

It’s the second time Milone has been traded in his career. He was originally drafted by the Nationals in the 10th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern California, but was traded to the A’s from Washington along with right-hander Brad Peacock, catcher Derek Norris and pitcher A.J. Cole for left-hander Gio Gonzalez and right-hander Rob Gilliam on Dec. 23, 2011.

Fuld, 32, played in 53 games with the Twins after being acquired on waivers from the A’s on April 20. The outfielder hit .274/.370/.354 with one homer, 10 doubles and 12 stolen bases for Minnesota.

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