The Indians are looking to make a splash.
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Indians were willing to discuss top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz in a potential deal for Rockies’ right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.
Pomeranz was selected fifth overall in last year’s First-Year Player Draft. The 22-year-old left-hander has a 1.98 ERA over his first 18 professional starts. He was recently promoted to Double-A Akron after posting a 1.87 ERA and 112/38 K/BB ratio over 77 innings with High-A Kinston. Baseball America recently ranked him as the game’s 14th best prospect on their midseason list.
Jon Heyman of SI.com wrote yesterday that “others think” the Indians are a “big threat” for Jimenez because they have Pomeranz and right-hander Alex White, who posted a 3.60 ERA over three starts before going on the disabled list with a strained ligament in his right index finger.
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.