The Oakland A’s made a move to bolster their bullpen for a possible run at a postseason berth with the acquisition of New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia. To acquire Familia, the A’s traded third baseman Will Toffey and reliever Bobby Wahl to the Mets. The A’s also sent the Mets $1 million in international bonus money.
Familia joins a backend of the A’s bullpen that already featured two of the top right-handed relievers in the American League this year: Blake Treinen and Lou Trivino. Familia will bring closer’s experience to the A’s, although he is likely to be used as a setup man when Treinen is available to close. Familia has a 2.88 ERA this season with 43 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings and 17 saves. He missed significant time last season when a blood clot was found near his right shoulder and Familia had a brief DL stint for right shoulder soreness earlier this year. He saved 51 games for the Mets in 2016 and 43 in 2015, when New York reached the World Series.
The A’s are giving up two homegrown prospects in Toffey and Wahl. Toffey was the A’s fourth-round pick last season out of Vanderbilt. The third baseman missed time earlier this season when he dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder sliding into homeplate. In 48 games with the High-A Stockton Ports, Toffey had a .244/.357/.384 line with five homers and a 29:49 BB:K.
Wahl was the A’s fifth-round pick in 2013. The former Mississippi star has dealt with injuries throughout his career, but he has been effective when healthy the past few seasons. Wahl made his major-league debut last season with the A’s, but he landed on the disabled list after seven appearances with right shoulder soreness. The injury was eventually diagnosed as thoracic outlet syndrome and he had surgery to correct it. Wahl was removed from the 40-man roster this offseason, but he has been outstanding all year for Triple-A Nashville. In 39.2 innings, he has a 2.27 ERA and a 65:17 K:BB. He’s allowed only 17 hits.
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