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.
The Marlins have announced that they have inked manager Don Mattingly to a two-year contract extensions. There’s a third year in the form of a mutual option.
Mattingly is finishing up the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2016 season. He’s 272-364 in that period and the club has lost 99 games already this season. The current bad run, however, obviously corresponds with a massive rebuild the team began undertaking following the 2017 season and the team’s change in ownership. Mattingly has not had much to work with over the past two seasons but he has likewise, largely, kept the team on as even a keel as one could hope under the circumstances. He has certainly impressed the Marlins’ brass enough to take the unusual step of keeping on a manager they inherited from a previous ownership and front office group.
In other news, the Marlins also announced a two-year contract extension for shortstop Miguel Rojas valued at $10.25 million. There’s a vesting option for a third year. The deal buys out Rojas’ final year of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, plus that option.
Rojas, 30, is hitting .285/.335/.383 (OPS+ 92) this year.