The Mets are headed into an offseason that is going to require a lot of roster maneuvering in order to fill all of the holes needed to build a contender.
As of now, it appears the team needs at least two or three new relievers, a right-handed bat (at some position), a catcher, and potentially a legitimate center fielder.
In order to fill the first need correctly, the Mets will need to bring in a closer-type reliever as Robert Gsellman will not cut it in that role for a potential contender.
For as much as we would all love to see Craig Kimbrel don orange-and-blue, I think that idea is extremely unlikely to come to fruition given the fact he probably will break the record for the largest contract ever handed out to a reliever, pricing himself into the five-year, $100 million range.
So, with that being the case, the Mets might need to turn to a familiar face to find their next closer, in Jeurys Familia.
Familia, who turns 29 in a few days, was in his seventh season with the team this year until July 22 when he was dealt to the Oakland Athletics for William Toffey, Bobby Wahl, and $1 million in international bonus pool money.
In his time with the Mets in 2018, Familia had a 2.88 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 43 strikeouts, and 17 saves in 40 appearances (40 2/3 innings pitched).
After being traded to Oakland, Familia had only one save as he was not the closer with Blake Treinen already dominating in that role while having a 3.45 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 40 strikeouts in 30 appearances (31 1/3 innings).
For his career to date, Familia a 2.73 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 369 strikeouts, and 124 saves in 343 career appearances (352 2/3 innings).
Now, the question is whether or not Familia should be brought back into the fold.
Many people probably do not want to see him back as many remember his worst moments such as Game 1 of the World Series in 2015 where he allowed a game-tying home run to Alex Gordan and the 2016 NL Wild Card Game where he allowed a three-run home run to Connor Gillaspie, both of which led to crucial losses.
However, the stats above speak for themselves and he actually was a much better closer than we usually gave him credit for. Is he perfect, absolutely not.
He’s had some very bad moments and, in a really good scenario, I would want him to be the second best reliever signed by the team this offseason.
But, when you consider that his price tag is probably much cheaper than that of Cody Allen and Craig Kimbrel, Familia might make a lot of sense to bring back on a deal that lasts four years and costs about $55-$60 million.
That would give the Mets the wherewithal to spend their remaining money elsewhere instead of locking it up all in the bullpen.
If your issue with him is his domestic violence suspension in 2015 (which is extremely fair and is a very legitimate issue to have with a player), then bringing him back is a no-go.
That being said, if your issue with him is based off performance, then the idea of bringing Familia back in the fold is something to be reconsidered, especially since it actually very plausible that it could happen because the Mets have an obsession of bringing back former Mets.
Anyways, I would love to hear what you guys think about this below as I am somewhat torn on the idea of bringing him back myself. 🙂