By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Oakland Athletics have acquired relief pitcher Jeurys Familia in a trade on Saturday afternoon with the New York Mets. In exchange, the Mets are receiving two prospects.
Will Toffey, who was the 17th-ranked prospect in the Athletics system, is a part of the package. Toffey is a 23-year-old third baseman.
Bobby Wahl, 26, a minor league pitcher, is also the second prospect. The Mets are also receiving $1 million in International slot money in this deal.
Wahl pitcher briefly with the Athletics last summer.
Familia is making $9.3 million this season. He will then be a free agent at the end of the season.
With the Athletics, he joins All-Star relief pitcher Blake Treinen, along with rookie Lou Trivino at the end of their bullpen. Familia could be an eighth-inning pitcher.
This is a big get for Oakland, as they are attempting to make a playoff run.
The 28-year-old Familia is actually having a good season, despite his former team’s struggles. This season, he is 4-4 with a 2.88 ERA along with 17 saves.
Familia has been with the Mets for the past seven seasons, including an All-Star appearance in 2016.
Since having a career-high 51 saves in 2016, he’s had just 23 saves over the past two seasons in 66 games. If you eliminate his 94 saves in back-to-back seasons in 2015 and 2016, he has just 29 saves in five seasons.
In seven seasons, he is 13-17 with a 2.66 ERA in 321 1/3 innings. He also started one game in 2012, along with 199 games finished.
The Athletics have one of the best bullpens in the American League — and it would get even better with the addition of Familia. Presently, they have the seventh-best ERA at 3.50.
Familia will be a free agent at the end of the season. He’s making $9.3 million this season.
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