The Mets might not be done adding high-end relievers after their reunion with Jeurys Familia, who is back on a three-year deal worth $30 million.
And while Familia isn't a bright and shiny new toy, his signing is a damn good one. And it will remain a damn good one regardless of the moves the team makes from here.
Here are three reasons why...
Familia was one of the best relievers on the market
During his seven-year career, Familia has a 2.73 ERA (2.92 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 9.4 per nine -- including a career-high 10.4 per 9 in 2018. Over his last three seasons, spanning 173.4 innings, Familia has given up five home runs combined.
In addition to how good he has been, Familia has been incredibly durable, tossing at least 72.0 innings in four of his last five seasons. His age (29) also sets him apart from most of the other high-end relievers on the market, many of whom are on the wrong side of 30.
Familia will now be a setup man, and one who has experience pitching in New York
While he is good enough to be a closer on most teams, Familia will now be primarily used in a setup role, with Edwin Diaz the closer. But Familia, who has experience closing games in New York and genuinely wanted to return, can also be used as the closer in the event Diaz needs a day off or -- knock on wood -- is lost to injury.
The addition of Familia also pushes Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman down a bit on the bullpen depth chart, allowing Lugo especially to be deployed in a different role than he was in 2018. With Familia on board, it will be easier for the Mets to pick their spots with Lugo so he doesn't get overworked in back-to-back games and/or use him for multi-inning appearances.
With Diaz, Familia, Lugo, and Gsellman, the Mets have the making of a really good bullpen. If they add Andrew Miller, David Robertson, or Adam Ottavino to it, the pen will be one of the best in baseball.
This is not a repeat of the 2018 Jay Bruce reunion, nor is Familia to blame for the 2015 World Series
Refrains from some Mets fans will be that...
1. The Mets are doing the same thing they did in 2018 when they reunited with Jay Bruce.
2. That they're still traumatized from Familia "costing the Mets the 2015 World Series."
As far as the Bruce comparisons go, that move was done against the recommendation of some in the Mets' analytics department. And Bruce was not one of the better options on the market when he was signed. Familia was.
When it comes to the 2015 World Series, yes, Familia's quick-pitch to Alex Gordon in Game 1 resulted in a homer that sent the game to extra innings, where the Mets were unable to score.
But anyone who blames Familia for the blown saves he was charged with in Game 4 (when Daniel Murphy's error in the eighth inning led to the tying and go-ahead runs scoring after Tyler Clippard had handed a mess to Familia) and Game 5 (when Familia induced two groundouts, with Lucas Duda committing an error on the second one which allowed the tying run to score), needs to think again.
In the 2015 postseason, Familia had a 0.61 ERA in 14.2 innings (12 games) while allowing five hits, walking two and striking out nine. In other words, he was terrific -- as he's been for the majority of his career.