On Tuesday, Marlins manager Don Mattingly told the media, including Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, that starter Edinson Volquez would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The news got worse, as Ken Rosenthal reports that Volquez also needs Tommy John surgery which will likely keep him out for all of 2018.
Volquez, 34, ends his 2017 campaign with a 4.19 ERA and an 81/53 K/BB ratio over 92 1/3 innings. He has thrown the only no-hitter of the season to date, blanking the Diamondbacks on June 3.
Volquez signed a two-year, $22 million contract with the Marlins last November and he’s owed $13 million next season.
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.