The New York Mets traded closer Jeurys Familia

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The New York Mets traded closer Jeurys Familia

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to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for prospects and cash Saturday [url=http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-bryce-harper-jersey]Bryce Harper Jersey[/url] , the Athletics announced.Jane Lee of MLB.com first reported the news. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the A's gave up right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl, third baseman Will Toffey and international slot money. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com noted the Mets didn't take on any of Familia's salary despite having previously said they'd be willing to do so to get better prospects in trades.Familia is in the midst of his seventh season in Major League Baseball, all of which have been spent with the Mets. The 28-year-old righty has a 4-4 record and 2.88 ERA after he struggled last season.Following three fantastic years in a row, Familia dropped off significantly in 2017 with a 4.38 ERA and just six saves in 26 appearances. That came on the heels of Familia's 15-game suspension for violating the MLB domestic violence policy.Familia posted a 1.85 ERA and saved 43 games in 2015 and was named an All-Star for the first time in 2016. The Dominican Republic native's ERA rose to 2.55 in 2016, but he led MLB with a career-high 51 saves.Though Familia has been among the best closers in baseball over the past few seasons [url=http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-stephen-strasburg-jersey]Stephen Strasburg Jersey[/url] , he became expendable for the struggling Mets. With New York essentially out of the playoff race at 40-55, there was little need for it to hang on to a closer who is set to hit free agency this offseason.The trade left a significant hole at the back end of the Mets bullpen, but it won't have much of an impact on where they finish in the standings. Perhaps the biggest question resulting from the swap is who will close games for the Mets next season.Familia will likely serve as a setup man in Oakland for All-Star closer Blake Treinen. He will join an unheralded bullpen that has also gotten strong performances from Yusmeiro Petit, Lou Trivino and Emilio Pagan.Adding another pitcher with closing experience should help the A's as they look to secure a wild-card berth in the American League. Mark Cunningham/Getty ImagesSeattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will begin his rehabilitation stint in Triple-A on Monday, as he prepares to rejoin the team after his performance-enhancing drug suspension.Greg Johns of MLB.com reported the news.Cano [url=http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-gio-gonzalez-jersey]http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey[/url] , who also underwent hand surgery in May, is scheduled to return to the 25-man roster Aug. 14. He appeared in 39 games this season before being handed an 80-game ban."We all make mistakes," Canotold reporterslast month. "There is always someone out there making a mistake. If it didn't happen to me, it could happen to somebody else. I mean we can judge anyone. We don't know the situation that person is going through. I get it lot of people might judge me. The fans and anybody else can say what they think if they choose to. But at the same time, like I told the guys when I met with them do not want any of them to go through that situation. The way they've taken this [url=http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-anthony-rendon-jersey]Anthony Rendon Jersey[/url] , they've been on my side and I'm glad."The Mariners are currently 64-48, good for third place in the AL West. They are 2.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics for the second AL wild-card spot.Getting Cano back in the lineup might just be the boost the Mariners need for the stretch run. Seattle currently sits 22nd in runs scored and on-base percentage. Cano entered 2018 with three straight seasons with 20 home runs and remains one of the best second basemen in the sport.The Mariners may wind up looking to use Cano at first base or third base when he returns to the lineup. Mariners general manager JerryDipotosaidlast month that the team views Dee Gordon as its everyday second baseman.