In all of our excitement over Bud Selig’s gung-ho attitude with respect to Frank McCourt — go get him, Bud!!! — let us not forget that Selig and Major League Baseball continue to sit passively as the Athletics die on the vine:
Last month, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed sent a letter to Bud Selig. The letter was friendly. Reed simply asked the commissioner of baseball for a general timetable of when he might finally decide whether the A’s and owner Lew Wolff can pursue a new ballpark in the South Bay.
“We have to contemplate the timing of a future election,” Reed explained to Selig.
The letter was dated May 10. Reed still has received no answer.
The way in which baseball has let the A’s and their fans dangle like this is unconscionable.
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.