Via Joe Frisaro, the Marlins beat reporter for MLB.com …
Saltalamacchia missed a little over two weeks with a concussion that he sustained May 31 when B.J. Upton dinged him in the catcher’s mask with a foul tip. The 29-year-old backstop had an exceptional April but was batting just .177/.258/.241 across 89 plate appearances in May at the time of the head injury.
Salty signed a three-year, $21 million free agent contract with the Marlins over the offseason. As Frisaro notes in that tweet above, he will catch Andrew Heaney in the 23-year-old’s MLB debut Thursday in Miami.
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.