Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
With Drew Pomeranz landing on the disabled list with a fracture to his right (non-throwing) hand, the A’s acted quickly in adding some rotation depth, trading with the Brewers for Brad Mills. Mills, 29, spent last season in Japan and holds a career 7.76 ERA across 53 1/3 innings at the major league level. However, he’s also struck out nearly a batter per inning in the majors, and he put up a 1.56 ERA and 77/18 K/BB ratio in 75 innings this season at Triple-A Nashville. It’s also worth noting that Mills allowed a whopping 10 home runs over 48 1/3 frames with the Blue Jays, and the home run ball is likely to be less of an issue at O.co Coliseum. Mills is expected to join the A’s rotation later this week and is worth a shot in deeper leagues.