The Mets made sure they didn’t leave the Winter Meetings empty handed, as they agreed to a 3/$30 contract with old friend Jeurys Familia early Thursday morning.
Familia had been the Mets closer until he was traded during the 2018 season. Familia enjoyed a bunch of success for the Mets in his first stint, including setting the club’s all-time Saves record with 51. But he also had some failures on the big stage, as he did not perform well in the 2015 World Series or in the 2016 Wild Card game. The former can be partially blamed on poor usage from his manager but there’s no excuse for the latter.
In previous years, it seemed the Mets placed a premium on people who performed well in New York previously. Perhaps that’s in play here again, as Familia comes back not as a closer but rather as a setup man to newly-acquired Edwin Diaz. Ten million per year seems like a hefty price for a setup man. But Familia brings that New York tested label and he obviously has previous closing experience, too. Clearly, the Mets thought it was worth paying for those two traits.
The Mets’ bullpen was so bad last year that it’s not too difficult to make the argument that it’s money well spent. We’ll need to find out what the final Opening Day payroll is before we can truly know if this was a good idea or not. Personally, my view is a strong lean that this was a good deal for the Mets. Just not quite all the way there.
Here’s the place to weigh in with your thoughts. If you want credibility at the end of the year, say now whether you think this was a good idea or not.