By: Noah Wright
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Last night, it was announced that The Oakland A’s and had a deal in place to acquire right Jeurys Familia from The Mets. Around 5 PM Eastern Time, the deal had been completed, and The Mets sent the righty over to The West Coast. In return for Familia, The Mets will receive righty Bobby Wahl, and third baseman William Toffey. Wahl is probably the biggest piece The Mets received in the trade. Last season, Wahl saw minimum major league action. Over his first and only seven and two thirds innings in the bigs, Wahl had a 4.70 ERA, 3.03 FIP, and 1.565 WHIP. While Wahl’s first few major league innings were a bit bumpy, he’s excelled in the upper minors. Wahl has spent all 39.2 innings in Triple-A this season, and has a good 2.27 ERA to go with a 2.52 FIP, and .86 WHIP. Wahl also has an exceedingly great 14.75 K/9 rate, and decent 3.86 walk/9 rate to go with it. The other prospect, William Toffey, is a 23 year old third baseman currently in high-A ball. The A’s drafted him in The 2017 MLB Draft in the 4th round. Through all 197 plate appearances on the season, Toffey has a .244/.357/.384 batting line. He currently has 5 home runs and 32 RBI’s.
On the other end of the deal, The A’s will receive a very good late inning arm in Familia. While it’s unlikely that he will take over the 9th inning role, as Blake Treinen is having an outstanding season, Familia will be another arm that The A’s can greatly rely on, along with Lou Trivino, and Yusmeiro Petit. Familia has had a nice bounceback season from an injury filled, and 15 game suspension in 2017. Serving as The Mets’ closer this season, Familia has recorded 17 saves. His base numbers are good looking as well, with a 2.88 ERA, 2.54 FIP, and 1.230 WHIP in 40 and two thirds innings. Another thing that looks pretty good is his per 9’s. His 9.5 K/9 sits around career average, and his 3.1 walk/9 rate is his lowest since 2015. Familia also has just a .2 homeruns/9 rate this season, showing that he can keep the ball in the park. However, the hard throwing righty is a free agent after the season.