Let’s all gather around and enjoy this home run from Reds third baseman Todd Frazier last night against Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin:
The blast traveled an estimated distance of 485 feet, which makes it the longest home run in the majors so far this season. It just barely ekes out this home run from the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton on April 4, which traveled an estimated distance of 484 feet according to ESPN’s Hit Tracker Online.
Frazier’s home run is the sixth-longest in Great American Ballpark history. Adam Dunn still holds the record with this massive 535-foot shot.
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.