MLB trade rumors roundup: Mets close to trading Familia, Astros chasing two upgrades
Keep up with all the latest trade rumors around Major League Baseball
With just under two weeks to go, we're going to be tracking the latest MLB trade rumors as they're reported below. But first, get caught up on everything you need to know about trade season. You can find .
First, you can read all about the key names likely to be available in the trade market, in, , and , depending on what your team needs. Then you can take a look at that rebuilding teams can target in trade talks. Finally, we've broken down what each potential playoff contender should be looking to do on the market, including , , , , , , , , , , , , , and, last but not least, .
We're also tracking all trades made, big and small, in.
Mets close to trading Familia to A's?
According to multiple reports, the Mets are close to trading closer Jeurys Familia. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle was first to report that the Athletics were interested, and they indeed appear to be the favorites (although there's of course time for things to change) ...
Familia, 28, has pitched to a 2.88 ERA and 3.07 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings this season. For his career he's got an ERA+ of 143 across parts of seven big-league campaigns, all with the Mets. In 2016, Familia saved an MLB-leading 51 games and made the All-Star team. He's owed the balance of a $7.93 million salary for 2018, and he's eligible for free agency this coming winter.
Familia's trade of course raises the matter of to what extent the Mets will seek to rebuild. In recent days, they've downplayed the chances of trading away the likes of Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Dealing a closer in his walk year doesn't necessarily change that, but it does make the Mets a team to watch as we work our way toward the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Astros after Abreu, Britton?
The Astros have the belt and the title and are on pace to top 100 wins. Even so, they still have a deadline to-do list, and that list perhaps includes finding another bat for DH/first base and another arm for the bullpen. On that front, MLB.com's Richard Justice on Friday's edition of "MLB Now" on MLB Network reported that the Astros may have interest in White Sox slugger Jose Abreu and Orioles closer Zach Britton.
The 31-year-old Abreu enters the second half with a somewhat disappointing (but still useful) 108 OPS+ and 13 home runs and 27 doubles in 93 games. That said, Abreu coming into this season had a career OPS+ of 142, so you can justifiably project some improvement on those grounds. He's under contract for $13 million this season and isn't eligible for free agency until after next season.
As for Britton, 30, the lefty returned not long ago from a major Achilles injury. He's still keeping runs off the board at a solid clip, but his control has been a concern since the start of the 2016 season. Britton was perhaps the best reliever in baseball from 2014-16. He's in a walk year. In particular, the Astros could use help from the left side in the bullpen, so Britton's a potential fit in that regard.
Rangers want to keep, re-sign Beltre
The Rangers have some interesting trade pieces for contenders to consider this deadline, including Cole Hamels and a set of relievers. Those might be the only parts the Rangers move, however, as Texas appears content to hold onto third baseman Adrian Beltre.
According to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers would like to keep Beltre for leadership purposes, and re-sign him after he reaches free agency this winter.
If Beltre is indeed off the market, that makes Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas the top available hot-corner solution. It also makes it less likely that Beltre will find himself with another team this winter.
Archer wants to win, with Rays or elsewhere
There hasn't been much buzz around Rays starter Chris Archer this deadline. Some of that is due to the Rays being above .500, and some of that is due to Archer having a disappointing first half that saw him start 15 times and post a 92 ERA+.
Nonetheless, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times addressed the Archer situation on Friday, highlighting how the right-hander wants badly to experience winning -- be it in St. Pete or elsewhere.
Of course, Archer's desires don't mean a trade is coming -- at least not in the next couple weeks. He's under contract through the 2021 season and won't make more than $11 million at any point. The Rays can take their time, then, and probably will, lest they sell low.
Tigers focused on moving vets
The most interesting trade pieces the Tigers have are Michael Fulmer and Nicholas Castellanos. Those two are not, however, who they are focused on moving. Rather, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, Al Avila and crew are working hard to deal Francisco Liriano, Mike Fiers, and Leonys Martin:
Although all three figure to draw some interest, Fiers and Martin are probably the two most appealing. Fiers has a 3.70 ERA and a history of being a tolerable back-end option. Martin, meanwhile, is hitting .257/.327/.431. He's expected to be activated from the disabled list (hamstring) prior to Friday night.
None of the three are likely to net a huge return for the Tigers. As for Fulmer, he went on the DL on Friday with an oblique injury, which means he's almost certainly not going anywhere before the non-waiver deadline. Fulmer is probably Detroit's most valuable trade chip, and they can still revisit that possibility next offseason, particularly if he enjoys a strong stretch drive.
No, MadBum's not going anywhere
For whatever reason, some fans seem to still be clinging to the idea that the Giants might trade ace lefty Madison Bumgarner. To be sure, as a frontline starting pitcher signed to a bargain contract and with a legendary postseason dossier, Mad Bum would indeed net the Giants a haul. As Jon Heyman reminds us, though, that's simply not going to happen. Bumgarner is a franchise icon, and the Giants still have designs on contention this season.
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