After missing the playoffs for three years and knocking out fan favorites like Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson and Sonny Gray, the Oakland Athletics are trying to steer in the opposite direction.
They have certainly taken a significant step on Saturday New York Mets frees Jeurys Familia to reinforce a bullpen that also includes All-Star pursuer Blake Treinen.
"You always want to be in that position where you may be adding," said A-Manager Bob Melvin. "We had three years where it was the other way around, three weeks ago, maybe that's not a conversation, but the way the team played last month is capable of doing that."
Traditionally, the A & # 39; s sold at the deadline, a slow start and are in the midst of the wildcard image in the American League. They went into the Saturday night game against the San Francisco Giants, who have won 21
An All-Star 2016, Familia was 4 -4 with a 2.88 ERA and 17 saves in 21 odds with the Mets this season. The 28-year-old right-hander struck 43 and ran in 40 appearances with 40 2/3 innings 14.
Although the right-hander may become a free agent after this season, the A & C's are not shying away hoping to playoff Things to improve this year, they took the step.
There were reports that the two sides were close to a deal late on Friday night. Familia was at Yankee Stadium on Saturday morning but retired before the start of the Mets 7-6.
"We thought he was the best man out there," said David Forest, Oakland General Manager. "Adding a helper now was the best option and we thought Jeurys was the best guy, we talked to the Mets for a while, and we're glad it came together."
Stepping A Difference (19659002) Amidst a playoff round in 2014, Beane A stunned fans when he delivered the popular Cespedes to Boston in exchange for pitcher Jon Lester. It was a move that was supposed to strengthen Oakland's rotation but had mixed results: the A & # 39; s made it into the playoffs, but lost in the wildcard round, while Lester had mixed results and with the Chicago Cubs as Free Agent in the offseason signed. [196592002FourmonthsaftertheCespedesweredisappearedtheAirFangemeindeallytheDonaldsonAfterTorontoSteps
Last year, Gray was delivered to the New York Yankees at the close, two weeks after Relieans Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson were sent to Washington. Trade with the Nationals brought together Treinen.
Now the A are back in the race – they have left Seattle by four games for second place in the wild card on Saturday – and want to add more than reduce.
"Having a good arm to have such an arm, man, that's pretty important," Melvin said. "I'm sure I'll talk to him before I tell you how to use that up to which innings for who, but that's a really significant pickup for us, you can not ask for much more."
New York gets right-handed Bobby Wahl, infielder Will Toffey and $ 1 million in international signing bonus pool allocation for his closer.
"This trade hits three major areas," said Mets Deputy General Manager John Ricco in a statement. : We have a major league helper our scouts have recommended, a positional player who has had plenty of choice from the 2017 draft and strong A-system prospects, as well as international bonus pool money to help in the future.
With the Mets (40-56) in the lower reaches of the National League, Familia and infiltrator Asdrubal Cabrera were expected to trade after the close of the 31st July close, and both are entitled to one free commercial agency.
2017 season shortened because of a clot that required surgery. He was 2-2 with a 4.38 and six saves in 26 games. He had 123 saves for mets signing him at the age of 17.
In order to erase a roster, right-hander Daniel Gossett of A was taken on the 60-day disabled list.