Jeurys Familia was beaming with excitement on Monday as Mets pitchers and catchers began to unofficially report to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.
The right-hander was back with the team he's spent his entire seven-year career with before he was traded to the A's last summer and he could not be more excited about what lies ahead for the Mets.
Familia, 29, believes big things are in store for the team this season.
"Right now, I think this is our year," he told reporters. "If everybody is healthy, we're going to go deep into games and going to win some games."
The Mets have revamped their roster this winter under new GM Brodie Van Wagenen, who made several upgrades to the lineup and bullpen, complementing the team's strength in its starting pitching.
"I think what he's doing for the team so far is a great job and we're going to continue to improve and have a really good season," Familia said. "If you want to win games you have to be perfect. That's the only way we can get to the World Series and win a championship. He has that. It's really good to have somebody ... with that kind of mind."
One of the key additions Van Wagenen made this offseason was trading for Mariners closer Edwin Diaz.
With Diaz in the bullpen, Familia will move into a setup role -- which he had when he was traded to Oakland -- but the right-hander is excited about having another power arm in the pen in Diaz.
"He's a really good guy. One of the best closers in the game," Familia said. "I can't wait ... it's going to be a really good year."
Familia cofnirmed he received offers from other teams which wanted him as a closer, but the right-hander preferred to return to the Mets because his family still lived in the area and he has more familiarity with the organization.
Plus, he does not mind being used in the setup role.
"For me, it's the same thing," he said. "Just go out there and get the hitter out and do what I always do."