Earlier this month Colorado was said to be talking to Atlanta about infielder Martin Prado and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies offered outfielder Seth Smith.
Detroit reportedly offered Delmon Young for Prado and got turned down, so it seems pretty clear that Atlanta is shopping Prado for outfield help and holding out for a strong return.
According to Renck, if the Rockies end up keeping Smith they’d look to sign free agent Jonny Gomes as a platoon partner. Smith has hit just .202 with a .588 OPS versus left-handed pitching. He’s also been mediocre away from Coors Field, batting .258 with a .750 OPS on the road for his career, which no doubt plays into the Braves’ reluctance.
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.