The Blue Jays have signed pitcher Brett Anderson to a minor league contract, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. The deal is pending a physical.
Anderson, 29, made six starts for the Cubs earlier this season before landing on the disabled list with a lower back injury. The Cubs activated him from the DL and designated him for assignment on July 26. The lefty owns an 8.18 ERA with a 16/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings on the season.
Though Anderson is anything but a sure bet, the Blue Jays can use any rotation help they can get. The last-place club has used 12 different starters this year, mostly to disastrous effect. Mike Bolsinger, Cesar Valdez, Mat Latos, Casey Lawrence, and Nick Tepesch have made 15 starts combined out of the back of the rotation with an aggregate 7.31 ERA.
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.