The Oakland Athletics have acquired left-handed pitcher Brad Mills from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for cash considerations, according to a team announcement. Mills has spent the entire season with Triple-A Nashville, but sources indicate that he will be added to the Athletics' active roster in the near future.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the A's purchased Mills for $1, likely meaning that he was going to become a free agent and sign with them unless he was dealt by the Brewers.
Mills, 29, has pitched to a 4-2 record and a 1.56 ERA in fourteen appearances (twelve starts) with Nashville so far this season. He had an opt-out clause in his contract for June 15, and planned to leave the Brewers' organization if a major league opportunity was available elsewhere.
Mills will likely take the roster spot of Jeff Francis, who has an 8.22 ERA in 7.2 relief innings with the A's. Francis was claimed off waivers from the Reds last month after he was designated for assignment.
In fifteen major league appearances (ten starts) with the Blue Jays (2009-2011) and Angels (2012), Mills is the owner of a lifetime 3-3 record and 7.76 ERA at the major league level. He has also spent time in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes.