Braves manager Brian Snitker wouldn’t rule out demoting struggling shortstop Dansby Swanson to the minor leagues, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Snitker said, “For right now, I think he’s OK. If you go down, it’s not the end of the world. Some guys fight through it here.”
Swanson, 23, is not in Monday night’s starting lineup. He’s batting .220/.297/.321 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 343 plate appearances this season. He had a good showing in 38 games last year, which led to him opening the season as the starting shortstop.
The Braves acquired Swanson in December 2015 from the Diamondbacks in the Shelby Miller trade that also brought back Ender Inciarte and Aaron Blair.
While Swanson is still in the majors for now, it appears he’ll be sharing time at shortstop with Johan Camargo, who has an .863 OPS in 118 PA thus far. The Braves also activated Sean Rodriguez from the disabled list. Rodriguez could see the occasional start at shortstop as well.
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.