UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins have reached an agreement with Olivo, pending a physical.
10:15 AM: Cincinnati offered Miguel Olivo a $100,000 retention bonus to stick around at Triple-A after losing the backup catcher job to Devin Mesoraco, but he asked to be released and may have better opportunities.
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Jeff Mathis’ broken collarbone has the Marlins looking for catching help and “there are indications [Olivo] will wind up” in Miami.
Olivo previously played for the Marlins in 2007 and 2008, and as a right-handed hitter he’d be paired with the left-handed hitting Rob Brantly.
At age 34 it’d be awfully tough for Olivo to turn down any sort of guaranteed big-league opportunity.
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.