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Mets trade scenarios to possibly unload Jeurys Familia’s salary

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 14: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets reacts after giving up four runs in the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on June 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 14: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets reacts after giving up four runs in the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on June 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 25: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets in action against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on July 25, 2020 in New York City. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Braves defeated the Mets 5-3 in ten innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

1) Mets include Jeurys Familia as a piece in a blockbuster trade for a third baseman.

In this particular scenario, the Mets front office is able to unload Familia’s contract in a deal for a third baseman who also comes with a high price tag. For example, some options would include Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, or the Mets could also include Familia in the speculative package deal of Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez and starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

Familia’s inclusion in any of these deals would be to offset the salaries of the players who would be coming back to Queens in one of these blockbuster deals. Surely it’s not only going to take Familia to land one of the listed players above, but those teams among others around the league would surely be interested in taking on the remaining year of Familia’s deal if it meant getting out from under an expensive contract on their own end.

There would be many other moving pieces in this scenario that includes Familia, so it’s difficult to get too specific as far as further trade details. However, this would be the ideal layout for the Mets to both upgrade their current roster, as well as relieve themselves of the $10 million that is still owed to a reliever who has an unknown role in a crowded bullpen heading into 2021.

I had previously stated in another article a couple of weeks ago that moving Jeurys Familia’s salary would be key for the Mets to potentially acquire another star this offseason, and I still stand by the sentiment. Should the Mets find themselves in the running for one of the star third basemen on the trading block, I would expect Familia’s name to be included in any one of those deals.

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