Right before the season I graded the A’s offseason’s moves and with fake baseball nearing an end I thought now would be a perfect time to catch up with the moves and see how much my opinion has changed (or not changed).
I decided to start with the Gio Gonzalez move, which I graded an A- back in April. This trade brought (RHP) Brad Peacock, (LHP) Tom Milone, (C) Derek Norris and (RHP) A.J. Cole to Oakland and sent (LHP) Gio Gonzalez to Washington.
Brad Peacock was the main piece surrounding this trade, he still has not seen any time up in Oakland, but I expect that he will make his debut with the A’s at some point this season. Over 14 starts in Triple-A Sacramento Peacock has a 6-3 record with a 5.67 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Although those numbers don’t look great, he has a .370 BABIP and 3.50 FIP which tells us that he may not be pitching up to his potential and we can probably expect better things from him in the future.
He currently has a 10.7 H/9 rate, which seems to be what’s hampering him the most right now. With a high BABIP of .370 his hits could very well be because of the defense, or lack of and just plain bad luck. Either way, looking at the bigger picture shows there is no need for concern regarding the high ERA.
Tom Milone was named as the 4th starter during spring training and has been with the team since opening day. I have talked about it before, but I will say it again, there are two Tom Milones; the one who pitches in the Coliseum and the one who pitches on the road.