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Mets: Three teams that could trade for Jeurys Familia

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets looks on after giving up two runs in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins during their game at Citi Field on May 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets looks on after giving up two runs in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins during their game at Citi Field on May 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Arizona Diamondbacks

Currently, the Arizona Diamondbacks have a slight lead in the N.L. West. Their closer is Brad Boxberger, who is very similar to Familia.

Entering the final day of June, Boxberger’s ERA was 3.68 while Familia’s was 3.48. Like Familia, Boxberger began the season on a tear, but his stats dropped drastically since the start of June, much worse than the drop that Familia faced.

After his appearance on June 27th, Boxberger’s ERA was 3.68. His ERA was just 1.77 when he entered a game on June 5th. In a matter of just three weeks, his ERA rose by nearly two whole points. At one point in June, his ERA was above 3.9.

Fatigue could play a huge role in the decline because it’s been a few years since Boxberger has appeared in this many games, and it could be taking a toll on him.

In 2016 he played 27 games and in 2017 he played 30 games. He didn’t earn a single save during either season. This season we’re barely halfway done and he’s already appeared in 32 games.

Familia could work wonders for the Diamondbacks, whether it’s to ease the workload of Boxberger or simply as an addition to the bullpen whenever needed.

There’s quite a bit that the Diamondbacks can offer too. They recently shipped out a few prospects in order to acquire Jon Jay and should have plenty left. Two months of Familia should be enough for the Mets to bring in one or two mid-level.

Some names that could possibly appear in talks include Taylor Widener, Drew Ellis, Domingo Leyba, and Andy Yerzy.

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