A's closer Blake Treinen did not cap off his career year with the AL Reliever of the Year Award, missing out as Seattle Mariners closer Edwin Diaz won the honor.
Treinen, one of three finalists, was named an All-Star for the first time in his career in 2018. He finished the season with a career-high 38 saves and a career-low 0.78 ERA and 0.834 WHIP.
The margins were razor-thin between him and Diaz. Diaz also made an All-Star game for the first time in his career, saving 57 games for the Mariners and posting a 1.96 ERA and 0.791 WHIP. His FIP (1.61) was slightly better than Treinen's (1.82), and he also struck out more batters per nine innings (15.2 vs. 11.2).
Former A's relievers Dennis Eckersley and Rollie Fingers were among the eight, all-time greats that formed the voting panel for the award.
The Hot Stove is lighting up.
The Yankees have acquired starting pitcher James Paxton from the Mariners for three prospects: Yankees No. 1 pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, outfielder Don-Thompson Williams and right-handed pitcher and Erik Swanson.
He will join a rotation that includes Luis Severino, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka. Not bad.
And what does that mean for Bay Area teams? Well -- the A's get a slight confidence boost knowing Seattle has one less threat in the American League West. Which is good considering the lefty was throwing his career-best 11.68 K/9 rating in 2018 . His ERA spiked slightly, but he had an insane amount of power he was throwing to last season. But that didn't stop him from tossing a no-hitter on May 8, becoming the first Canadian pitcher to do so.
Oh, and an eagle landed on him, too:
Pretty sure no other pitcher can say that.
It appears the original report on former A's catcher Kurt Suzuki possibly making a return to Oakland will not come to fruition.
According to MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand, the 12-year veteran catcher has agreed to a two-year contract with the Nationals.
The details of the deal, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal:
Suzuki spent two seasons with the Nats, where he slashed .239/.297/.344 with eight home runs and 50 RBI in 122 games in 2012 and 2013. He was acquired from the A's by Washington in 2012.
The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser originally reported the 35-year-old was approached by the A's about a possible one-year deal next season after he recently was granted free agency by the Braves.