Rockies closer Greg Holland is day-to-day due to a cut on one of the fingers on his throwing hand sufffered in a “kitchen accident,” Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Holland, 31, has had a great comeback season after missing all of last season. He leads the majors with 33 saves and holds a 1.67 ERA with a 50/18 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings.
“Kitchen accident” aside, the Rockies’ decision to ink him to a one-year, $7 million contract couldn’t have panned out better. The two sides hold a mutual option for 2018 worth $10 million with a $1.5 million buyout if Holland declines.
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.