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Mets will say goodbye to three of the best at their position in 2018

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Jose Reyes #7 and David Wright #5 of the New York Mets celebrate after scoring in the first inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Jose Reyes #7 and David Wright #5 of the New York Mets celebrate after scoring in the first inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jeurys Familia

The most debatable man on this list is Jeurys Familia. Someone could argue he’s not the best closer in Mets history. Whether you believe so or not, there’s no denying he made his mark both positively and negatively with the franchise.

Barring a return at some point, Familia finished his Mets career with 123 saves, a 2.66 ERA, and 199 games finished. Familia wasn’t like most closers. He was available regularly for Terry Collins. Some can even say it was the overuse that caused him to miss a large portion of 2017.

Familia’s time as the Mets closer was short-lived and actually only included about three seasons when you add up 2017 and 2018 to make them one.

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We saw his best in 2016 when Familia saved a league-leading 51 games. It was also the third consecutive year when he would appear in 76+ games for the Mets.

More than one playoff implosion may have cost Familia the love of every fan and even a spot atop the list of all-time best closer in Mets history. In the regular season, however, he was about has productive of a ninth-inning man as you could find.

There is a slim chance we do at some point see Familia back in New York. He’s a free agent this winter, but I have to imagine he finds home outside of Flushing. It’s time to move on and call his tenure in New York a victory.

With a new general manager set to take over the job for the 2019 campaign, now is the best time to make significant changes.

We may see Travis d’Arnaud non-tendered in the offseason which adds yet another name of “core Mets” to the list of the departed.

I should also mention the Matt Harvey trade from May. Though he’s not one of the best pitchers, there’s no denying Harvey had a role on this ballclub for several years. If we’re just going to mention notable players who spent their final season with the Mets in 2018, he surely deserves a tip of the cap.

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