By: Ross Sutton
So it appears the Mets are going to attempt to rebuild their farm system as they have traded closer Jeurys Familia to Oakland for the A’s 17th-best prospect, third baseman Will Toffey and pitcher Bobby Wahl. This is the final year of Familia’s contract so that is why the A’s didn’t have to give up much but wow, they really didn’t have to give up much at all. No offense to the players the Mets go in return, but they probably won’t amount to much on the major league level. The best part of the deal for the Mets is the fact that they got $1 million in international slot money, which absolutely can be valuable, as long as it is spent correctly. The Mets will likely try to trade other players on their team that have expiring contracts at the end of this year such as Asdrubal Cabrera, who the Mariners are apparently interested in trading for.
For the A’s, this is a pretty damn good trade, as they now can use Familia as their set up guy to Blake Treinen, who has been an absolute stud this year. Oakland seems to be going for the “super bullpen” strategy, as they already have one of the best bullpens in the league that currently owns the MLB’s 8th best bullpen ERA at 3.52 according to ESPN. I had previously written that I would love to see the A’s make a few moves at the deadline to push the Mariners for the second wild card spot and it looks like that might be coming to fruition. If the A’s can add one or two more arms for the rotation, there is no doubt they are serious contenders for the second wild card spot in the American League.
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