Athletics Asking for Massive Haul for Closer Mason Miller, per Report

Oakland wants a big package in return for its young flamethrower.
May 8, 2024; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher Mason Miller (19) delivers a pitch
May 8, 2024; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher Mason Miller (19) delivers a pitch / D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Oakland Athletics have started the 2024 season a surprsing 18-21 and are third in the American League West. Despite that, the A's are open for business and are willing to discuss a deal for closer Mason Miller. But they are asking for a ton in return.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday that teams are calling the A's about their flame-throwing reliever. Rosenthal claims Oakland is currently asking for "a young player of comparable ability, or a substantial package of multiple youngsters who could be part of the A's future" in exchange for Miller.

The 25-year-old has made 13 appearances this season, and in 16 1/3 innings has struck out 33 hitters, while earning eight saves and posting a 1.10 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP. He regularly hits triple-digits with his fastball and can touch 103 mph, with a devastating slider.

Miller is cheap—he's making $740,000 this season, won't be eligible for arbitration until 2026 and Oakland has him under control through the 2029 MLB season.

Aside from the hefty asking price, there is another downside for a team looking to acquire Miller. He missed several months last season with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. He didn't require surgery but it was serious enough that Oakland decided to move him into a relief role. Miller came up through the A's system as a starter after being a third-round pick in 2021 out of Gardner-Webb.

Oakland wants a lot in return for Miller and no one has come close to matching the price. He should continue to be a popular trade target over the next few months.


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RYAN PHILLIPS

Ryan Phillips is a Senior Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Ryan has worked in digital media since 2009, spending eight years at The Big Lead before joining the SI team in 2024. He also co-hosts The Assembly Call Podcast about Indiana Hoosiers basketball and previously worked at Bleacher Report. Ryan is a proud San Diego native and a graduate of Indiana University’s journalism school.