Hoping to bolster the bullpen, the New York Mets have brought back relief pitcher Jeurys Familia on a three-year deal. What can we expect from him this time around?
Late on Wednesday night, the right-handed pitcher Familia and the Mets came to an agreement for a 3 year $30 million contract, bringing the former All-Star reliever back to Queens for a second stint with the team.
As a pitcher, he is known for his high velocity and good breaking ball pitches. His fastball regularly sits in the upper 90’s, sometimes even eclipsing 100 MPH. Additionally, he is known for his slider as a secondary pitch, as well as a hard sinker, routinely getting him a lot of swings and misses.
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Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, he originally signed with the Mets as an amateur free agent back in July of 2007. Originally beginning his pitching career as a starter, Familia first began to be used out of the bullpen during his initial major league stint with New York back in September of 2012, at the age of just 22 years old.
He made the opening day roster in 2013 as a reliever but missed the majority of the season due to injury.
Familia finally established himself a cornerstone of the Mets bullpen in the 2014 season when he served as the primary set up man to closer Jenrry Mejia, pitching a total of 77.1 innings in 76 appearances, with 5 saves a 2.21 ERA.
The following year in the 2015 season, he was promoted to closer after Mejia was suspended for 80 games. For the rest of his initial tenure as a Mets, Familia did not relinquish his role as closer and went on have arguably two of the best seasons by a reliever in team history.