Dan Gartland
Tuesday June 17th, 2014

Brad Mills had success at Triple-A Nashville, so Oakland will give him a shot in the rotation. (Abelimages/Getty) Brad Mills had success at Triple-A Nashville, so Oakland will give him a shot in the rotation. (Abelimages/Getty)

Sure, Billy Beane is famous for his "moneyball" approach, but this seems a bit extreme. The A's acquired Brewers pitcher Brad Mills today for one single, measly dollar.

More from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Mills, a left-hander, was 4-2 with a 1.56 earned-run average and 0.92 WHIP in 14 games (12 starts) for Class AAA Nashville. He also struck out 77 in 75 innings.

He had an opt-out clause in his contract that allowed for Mills to leave the organization beginning June 15 if another team put him on its active 25-man roster.

The early word is that the A's are moving Mills right into their starting rotation.

While the 29-year-old lefty had been impressive at Triple-A this season, his career major league numbers are pretty terrible. In four big league seasons, he's accumulated a 7.76 ERA and 1.706 WHIP. But his minor league success was clearly enough for the A's to take a chance on him. Oakland is looking to solidify the back end of its rotation. Drew Pomeranz gave up eight runs in three-and-two-thirds innings last night in a loss to the Rangers.

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