Three Mets who will absolutely not be back after the 2021 season
By Mason Smoller
Reliever Jeurys Familia
Last but not least is former star closer Jeurys Familia. When he came back to Queens in 2019, it was to provide some stability to the team’s bullpen. Instead, Familia ended up being one of the main points of why Brodie Van Wagenen is no longer with the team.
Yes, Familia was a phenomenal reliever for the Mets in his first stretch with the Mets. Becoming a regular in 2014, Familia put together a fantastic stretch through 2016. He recorded 99 saves, and his highest earned run average of 2.55 came in an all-star season.
After a subpar season in 2017, he bounced back in 2018 and was dealt at the trade deadline to the Oakland Athletics. Upon hitting the market following that season, Familia came back to New York on a three-year deal. One that caught many, specifically with it being valued at $30-million.
Even before coming back to the Mets, it was clear he was no longer the pitcher he was. Nevertheless, the Mets hoped he could be a functional arm in a setup role. In his first year, walk and hits came at a much higher rate than expected, contributing to a horrid 5.70era in 66 games.
As for 2020, Familia showed significant signs of improvement. Walks were still an issue, though hits per nine innings were at their lowest mark since his 1.85era campaign in 2015.
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It should not be expected for Familia to continue to improve the way he did in 2020. With it being the final year of his deal, in all likelihood, this will be the final season he spends in a Mets uniform.