The Mets and RHP Jeurys Familia have agreed to reunite to the tune of a 3 year, $30 million contract.
The Mets pulled off a poor man’s version of the Yankees Aroldis Chapman trade at this year’s deadline: trade a reliever to a contending team for a few prospects, then sign back said reliever later that year.
I don’t know why teams don’t do this more often, honestly. You get a handful of prospects for an upcoming free agent, only to pull a fast one on the league and get that player back and keep the prospects in turn. It’s brilliant.
Familia is returning to the Mets, where he spent the first seven years of his career. He had an accomplished stint with the Amazins, pitching to a 2.66 ERA with 123 saves. He was a huge part of the Mets 2015 World Series run and lead the league in saves the next year with 51.
Familia will slide into the setup role for newly acquired closer Edwin Diaz, and you, like myself, are probably just now realizing that the Met’s back end of the bullpen is pretty stout. Diaz and Familia are, on paper, one of the best closer/setup man duos in the National League, but when you add in guys like Seth Lugo and Rob Gsellman, the bullpen isn’t looking half bad.
Obviously there’s more work to be done, but the Mets are an interesting team to keep an eye on. I said last year after trading Familia that the team should just tank (shocking, right?). However, after seeing how aggressive they’ve been so far this offseason, and still being linked to Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, I’m loving what the Mets are doing.
Keep it up, Brodie.
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