The New York Mets pulled off a highway robbery, signing Jeurys Familia after trading him for prospects at the trade deadline.
Brodie Van Wagenen is taking big swings this offseason and he connected with another fastball down the middle. The New York Mets are signing Jeurys Familia to a three-year deal worth $30 million according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.
The Mets traded away Familia during their trade deadline fire sale in 2018. Familia was their closer at the time, but now he’s returning as the setup man for Edwin Diaz.
This move is straight out of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman’s book. The Yankee executive pulled off a similar move when he traded Aroldis Chapman for a package including Gleyber Torres, but then signed Chapman back in the offseason.
This move is further evidence that the Mets are committed to winning now. Familia bolsters a bullpen that was in need of a major upgrade during the offseason. Thus far, the additions of Diaz and Familia have already solidified the back end of the bullpen.
This may not be the major splash that Mets fans really want to see, but this is a step in the right direction and it shows the organization’s commitment to investing in the bullpen.
Obviously, the Mets will need to continue to be aggressive in free agency and on the trade market before next season. They still have some major holes to fill and this move won’t be the last they make.