August 7, 2017 marked the 10-year anniversary of former Giants slugger Barry Bonds passing Hank Aaron for the all-time home run lead at 763. Speaking to the Associated Press, Bonds said that if he had kept playing after 2007, he believes he could have reached 800 homers or at least come close to it.
Bonds hit .276/.480/.565 with 28 home runs and 66 RBI in 477 plate appearances in ’07 at the age of 42. He did not sign the next season despite stating publicly that he would play for the major league minimum salary. Bonds retired with 762 home runs. Given how he played in his final year, it’s hard to disagree with his statement.
Bonds said it “stung” to stop playing baseball after 2007. He also said that he was told he wasn’t returning to the Giants “and that was it.”
In 2015, an arbitrator for Major League Baseball ruled against Bonds, who filed a collusion grievance against the league. It’s fishy that a player, even a 42-year-old, came off a 1.045 OPS season willing to play for the league minimum and went unsigned. Bonds, of course, was also wrapped up in performance-enhancing drug allegations and was not the most popular clubhouse presence.
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.