With the impending suspension of closer Jeurys Familia, here’s five moves GM Sandy Alderson could make to beef up the New York Mets’ ‘pen.Even with the recent dismissal and expungement of the simple assault charge facing New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia, it’s still likely the All-Star will face a 30-game suspension or more from the league office. Newly re-signed New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman received 30 games for domestic violence issues in 2016, even after no charges were levied against him.
Setup man and ex-closer Addison Reed was incredible in 2016, posting a 1.97 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 77.2 innings. That makes Reed the closer if Familia is suspended. But the rest of the ‘pen is a bit up in the air.
That leaves Mets fans and management alike in a complete frenzy of worry about what the bullpen will look like while he’s gone – and even when he’s back. But the signing numbers for relievers are exponentially higher now than in the past. So buyer beware.
Chapman signed for five-years, $86 million with the Yanks.
Kenley Jansen signed for five-years, $80 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mark Melancon signed for four-years, $62 million with the San Francisco Giants.
Even Brett Cecil – who has 11 career saves – got in on the action, signing a four-year, $30.5 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.
And yesterday, 31-year-old lefty Mike Dunn and his four career saves signed with the Colorado Rockies for three-years, $19 million.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been publicly adamant that he doesn’t particularly want to sign a reliever to longer than a one-year deal, but if an older guy like Dunn can get three years, he may have to change his tune.
The Mets’ farm system is loaded with trade chips to acquire their desired relievers, but the free agent market still has some gems available that would more than suffice as well.
So without further ado, here are five of the best scenarios in which Alderson could find help for his bullpen.