Jeurys Familia – Cleveland Indians
Trade rumors involving Jeurys Familia have been silenced. What gives? The Mets closer is pitching pretty well. At least, this is what the statistics say.
Fans who see him take the mound with the lead regularly know better. Often shaky, Familia is less than ideal in the ninth inning.
That said, someone will pay for him. My guess is the bullpen-needy Cleveland Indians are the ones to do it.
Until this year, the bullpen was a strength for the Indians. Did Mickey Callaway leaving have something to do with it?
Thanks to their stellar starting staff and poor division, Cleveland will waltz into the postseason. Once they get there, they will need all hands on deck to get the job done.
Just how bad have the Indians relievers been? Former Mets Neil Ramirez and Oliver Perez have been the most effective. The usually consistent Cody Allen has been awful. Andrew Miller has missed a lot of time. When healthy, he has shown his age.
The Cleveland bullpen needs a major overhaul and the Mets are the team that can help them. Along with Familia, Seth Lugo is an option for them to look at. Paired together, New York would send a decent package to the Tribe and possibly earn back a better group of young talent.
Wherever Familia goes, there’s a chance he doesn’t resume as a closer. He may, in fact, be best suited in a setup role. I’m sure he won’t mind. Pitching for a contender in any inning should mean a whole lot more.
Honorable Mention: Houston Astros
The defending champion Houston Astros recently sent their closer Ken Giles to the minor leagues. There’s an opening for a new closer. Do they see Familia as a guy to help them repeat?