The Mariners acquired first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Athletics in exchange for outfield prospect Boog Powell, the team announced Sunday. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners claimed Alonso on revocable waivers prior to working out a trade with the A’s, who were looking to clear space for outfielder Matt Olson.
Alonso, 30, slashed .266/.369/.527 with 22 home runs and an .896 OPS during his sophomore season in Oakland. He received his first All-Star nomination after heading into the midseason break with a .275 average and 20 home runs, and is on track for a career-best year after racking up 2.1 fWAR through his first 100 games. He’ll likely be used in a first base platoon with Danny Valencia, who’s mashing well against lefties despite holding a .266/.317/.418 batting line and just 12 homers on the year.
Powell, 24, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma in mid-July after swatting a disappointing .194/.310/.194 through his first 23 games in the majors. His numbers inflated to a promising .340/.416/.490 through 58 games in the Pacific Coast League, but he has yet to prove he can rake consistently at the highest level.
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.