The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed left-handed pitcher Brad Mills off waivers from the Oakland Athletics, sources have told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. To make room for Mills on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays have designated right-handed pitcher Deck McGuire for assignment. McGuire will more than likely clear waivers and just stay at Triple-A Buffalo. McGuire, a former first-round pick in 2010 from Georgia Tech, has a record of 6-9 at Buffalo and Double-A New Hampshire and a 4.21 ERA.
Brad Mills will report to Toronto, where he is expected to be activated on to the team’s 25-man roster before Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers. Mills made three starts for the Athletics, where he went 1-1 with a dismal 4.41 ERA. In sixteen innings out of the rotation (only pitched as a starter), he allowed two home runs, seven walks, 19 hits and 14 strikeouts. Before being acquired by the A’s (for one measly dollar), Mills pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers. He never made it to the big-league club, but did pitch for the team’s minor league affiliate in Nashville. There he was 4-2 with a sub-2 ERA in fourteen games (twelve of which were starts). In those 75 innings for Nashville, Mills allowed 51 hits, 18 walks, five home runs and punched out 77 batters.
This is not the first time that Brad Mills has been under control by Toronto. Mills was drafted by the Blue Jays in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. In eighteen games (thirteen starts) for the Jays, he recorded two wins opposed to three losses, along with a 8.57 ERA, 57 hits, ten long balls, 31 walks and 45 strikeouts in 48.1 innings.