Jeurys Familia said Monday that he preferred to return to the Mets to be a setup man over going to a different team to close.
"It means a lot for me, it (is) where I grew up, it's like a home for me," Familia said during a conference call. "That's why I am here today. It doesn't matter what inning I am going to pitch. I come back here to win and get a championship."
Familia added that one of his goals was to return to the Mets, and that he told his agent that if there was any possibility, to make it happen.
The 29-year-old Familia, who signed a three-year deal worth $30 million, will be the setup man for new Mets closer Edwin Diaz.
Familia had a 2.88 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 40 games with the Mets in 2018 before being traded to the Athletics, where he was used primarily as a setup man.
With Oakland, Familia had a 3.45 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 11.5 per nine.
"My goal was to be back with the Mets" - Jeurys Familia pic.twitter.com/evIwRfcufh- SNY (@SNYtv) December 17, 2018