Update 2 (9:21 PM ET): The Athletics are working on multiple trades, per Rosenthal. His source says GM Billy Beane is “re-working the club”.
Update (9:10 PM ET): Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says that the trade the Athletics are working on does not, in fact, involve Samardzija. MLB.com’s Jane Lee adds that the player involved isn’t Brandon Moss, either.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on Twitter that the Athletics are close to “a fairly significant deal” involving starter Jeff Samardzija. She adds that the Athletics would be getting back several pieces and that the club is targeting hitters.
The Athletics acquired Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a trade with the Cubs in early July, sending prospect Addison Russell as well as Dan Straily and Billy McKinney to the Cubs. Samardzija posted a 3.14 ERA with a 99/12 K/BB ratio over 111 2/3 innings with the A’s. The right-hander is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time, and is projected to earn $9.5 million according to arbitration projections on MLB Trade Rumors.
We’ll keep you updated on the deal as details emerge.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.