The Mets bullpen is a mess, but maybe it wouldn’t be all bad if they moved their closer Jeurys Familia to the Phillies later this month.
Entering the All-star break, the chatter has started again. It looks as if the Phillies are at least entertaining the idea of having Familia pitch the rest of the season for them.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea on the Phillies part. Right now the Phillies are in first place and have a half game lead over the Braves. They also have one of the better bullpens in baseball thanks to guys like Seranthony Dominguez and Edubray Ramos.
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Both pitchers have been performing incredibly well and have an ERA below 2. The addition of Familia would give the Phillies a really solid three pitcher combo late in games.
Familia entered the All-star break with a 2.88 ERA and 17 saves. Right now it looks as if Dominguez is their main closer, but having Familia close every now and then could really help the team.
Of course, there is no real reason to believe that Familia is a lock to go to the Phillies. Unlike other teams who are interested in him, such as the Red Sox, or teams that need another reliever like the Astros, the Phillies currently have other priorities.
They are one of the teams who are in the running to trade for Manny Machado. Not only are they going after Machado, but the general idea is that if they can get him, they would also want to bring in Zach Britton.
If they pull off a deal, two things would happen. First, if they get Britton, they might not need Familia at all anymore. Second, the price for both Machado and Britton might mean the Phillies wouldn’t be able to make an offer for Familia that would be accepted.
If they can’t work something out with the Orioles though, the Phillies could easily go after Familia. Who knows, we might even be able to get a few decent players in return.
It’s only a matter of time before we figure out what’s going to happen. With the way the season is going, maybe the Mets wouldn’t suffer too much with the loss of Familia.
There’s also plenty of other places that Familia could go to. The trade deadline is in 14 days and a lot can happen between now and then.