Another possible target for the Mets to send Familia is the Cleveland Indians. The Mets have already worked with the Indians last season when they traded Jay Bruce and the Indians ight need another reliever.
Their current closer is Cody Allen. Allen is also finishing up his final few months before free agency and he’s pitching nowhere close to what he was in the past. In each of his last five seasons, his ERA was below 3. He’s had three season where his ERA was below 2.60.
Right now his ERA is above 3.50 and he’s spent some time with it even higher. Like Familia, Allen had plenty of outings where he’s given up multiple runs and if he doesn’t get his stats back to where they were in the past, he’s not going to help the team much in August and September.
Familia wouldn’t just serve as an upgrade to Allen. Their entire bullpen is quite a mess. In fact, when you compare Allen to the rest of their bullpen, he’s still one of their best
Including Allen, the Indians have six pitchers who have appeared in 18 or more games, most of which are in relief. Four of those pitchers have an ERA of 5.50 or higher. Forget Allen, if the Indians slide Familia anywhere into the bullpen over one of those four, it should be an easy upgrade to the team as a whole.
Last season, five of the six most used Indians pitchers had an ERA below 3. If they want the same success that they had late in the season last year, they can’t go forward with the bullpen the way that it is. Familia would be a huge upgrade for them and the Mets should be able to get a good haul back.
Realistically, one of these three teams should at least look into bringing Familia to their team, and if they can work something out, both them and the Mets would be better down the road.