Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that former major league pitcher Josa Lima has passed away at his home in Los Angeles, California due to a massive heart attack.
“Lima Time” was last spotted in the majors back in 2006, when he allowed 22 runs in four starts with the Mets. He played in the big leagues for 13 years and always brought an unmistakable flair to the mound. Some may have seen Lima’s animated pitching persona as a little over the top, but there’s no doubting that it was always sincere. He clearly loved the game and tried continuing his career at a few different levels once Major League Baseball passed him by.
The right-hander left the league with an 89-102 lifetime record, a 5.26 career ERA and a 1.39 career WHIP, pitching for the Tigers, Astros, Royals, Dodgers and Mets. He was 37 on Sunday when he passed away.
The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.