Mets’ closer headed back to New York Sunday night, awaits word on suspension length.
The long-anticipated decision is about to come regarding Jeurys Familia’s impending suspension stemming from a domestic violence case. Joel Sherman reported that the Mets’ closer left camp and headed back to New York. Also according to Sherman, the team feels there will be a decision within the next 48 hours.
Additionally, according to Mike Puma, Familia is expected to meet with Rob Manfred on Monday.
This decision has been one of the hot topics of the off-season in camp. As the days, weeks, and months passed we all wondered just when the inevitable was going to be announced. Soon the Mets can officially move forward with whatever their plans will be until Familia’s suspension is fully served.
Familia has pitched in four games during spring training, but garnered more work for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Between both, he’s appeared in eight games and pitched to a 2.57 ERA with one walk and 10 strikeouts over seven innings of work.
Familia is coming off his finest season as a pro, racking up a team single season record 51 saves and recording 84 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.
Addison Reed stands in line to be the closer and has experience in that role. However, his spring has consisted of not having the best command within the strike zone. He’s allowed 16 hits (three homers) and 10 runs in 10 innings.
Still, Reed had 101 saves in a three-year span from 2012-14. Combined with his performance in his first 97 appearances as a Met (1.84 ERA and 10.5 strikeouts per nine), that this past month is more than likely an anomaly.
The overriding theme is at least all speculation will be done shortly about how long the Familia suspension will last. Now the Mets along with everyone else in the league are in the midst of their final preparations for the season, which starts in a week.