The trade deadline has passed but news of the deals can still trickle in. Here’s the latest trickle: the Reds have traded Tony Cingrani to the Dodgers.
Cingrani, a six year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Reds, has pitched in 25 games this year and has posted an unsightly 5.40 ERA. He began the season as the top left-handed reliever for the Reds but has been particularly hittable of late and he lost that spot to Wandy Peralta, making him expendable. Lefties have, disturbingly, raked against him.
Tony Watson, who the Dodgers also acquired this afternoon, is also a lefty, so maybe they’ll use him as spare parts or something. I dunno.
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.