The Mets may be trading away Jeurys Familia quicker than you think. With two weeks left in July, the Boston Red Sox became a possibility.
This time around, the chatter is about the Boston Red Sox taking a number in the Familia lottery. Not only are the Red Sox in first place, they have the best record in baseball. pairing up Familia with their closer Craig Kimbrel would create a dynamic one-two combo that will boost the Red Sox into the playoffs.
The Mets have sang this song before. Last season, they sent Addison Reed to the Red Sox. Though, last season was just a bit different. After Reed left, the Mets finished the season with Familia and A.J. Ramos.
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Even though Familia’s contract is ending and it makes sense to trade him, the Mets bullpen will most likely begin August in an even greater mess if he is traded. In the trade that sent Reed up north, the Mets received three minor league pitchers in return and for the most part have been pitching well. What could we get back this time?
To be fair, Familia and Reed have been having some pretty similar seasons. Therefore it wouldn’t be too much of a reach to get a somewhat similar return.
Reed had a 2.57 ERA with the Mets last season. His WHIP was 1.12 and his K/9 was 8.8. These numbers were through 48 games. Through his first 40 games this season, Familia’s ERA is 2.88. His WHIP stands at 1.23 and his K/9 is at 9.5. Familia hasn’t given up a run yet in July.
Ideally, our main focus should be on getting back another reliever who will be ready for the majors soon. If we were able to get three players for Reed, then two decent players should be acceptable for Familia.
Other than a replacement reliever, the second choice wouldn’t really matter as much. As long as their minor league stats are okay or scouts see potential, it doesn’t really matter as long as some needs are filled.
If we do end up trading Familia, regardless of whether it’s to the Red Sox or not, they need to work quick. They have just two weeks to find a match that brings them back a decent return.