Jeurys Familia is on his way to Oakland in exchange for two prospects – 23-year-old, lefty hitting 3rd baseman Will Toffey (the A’s 17th ranked prospect) and 26-year-old right handed relief pitcher Bobby Wahl. Toffey was a fourth round pick out of Vanderbilt in the 2017 draft and has been slashing .244/.357/.384 in high A ball. Wahl was tremendous in AAA this season before a recent call up to the big league club where he has so far posted a 4.70 ERA in seven relief appearances. It’s hard to believe the Mets couldn’t get more than that in return for a proven closer who was in demand. I sure hope we don’t find out that it’s because the Mets wouldn’t pay any of Familia’s remaining salary.
Familia, who was signed by the Mets as an amateur free gent in July 2007 and rose through our minor league system before debuting in September 2012. Initially a starting pitcher, Mets coaches successfully transitioned Familia to a relief role and eventually as closer. In 2015 and 2016, Familia was among the best closers in baseball with a combined 94 saves, but a forgettable post season track record. Familia struggled with injuries, off-field issues and consistency last season, but just seemed to be hitting his groove again now after a rough start to the 2018 season. The floundering fourth place Mets don’t have a need for a closer and it made sense to trade Familia. Now we can audition Robert Gsellman to see if he can be our 2019 closer. In the off-season the Mets will have a number of free agent options to consider, including Craig Kimbrel, Greg Holland, Cody Allen, Zach Britton, Andrew Miller, Joakim Soria, David Robertson, and others.