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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 – AUGUST 08: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets in action against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on August 08, 2020 in New York City. New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 8-4. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

2) Mets trade Jeurys Familia and a lower end prospect for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

While this potential scenario is not the most exciting of the bunch, it’s a trade to provide the front office financial relief to make further moves this offseason or potentially frees up money for Zack Scott and Sandy Alderson to be active participants at the Trade Deadline later this summer.

The framework of this deal is similar to the recent trade between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in which the Yankees unloaded reliever Adam Ottavino and prospect Frank German for cash or a player to be named later. With this trade, the Yankees were able to open up more than $8 million on their payroll to make further moves to improve their roster. The goal was for the organization to allocate those funds for greater needs and they certainly have done that since the trade was finalized.

The Mets would most likely need to attach a lower end prospect, as the Yankees did, in order for a team to pick up the remaining money on Familia’s deal. This deal plain and simple could be explained as a salary dump. It’s more of a “look at the big picture” kind of trade since the Mets wouldn’t be receiving much in return besides salary relief.

However, allocating the $10 million that is remaining on Familia’s deal for other needs would be a huge win for the Mets should a deal such as this one work out. The new regime has already proven to be aggressive in filling needs on the roster this winter. The possibilities would be endless should the front office be given an extra $10 million to utilize this offseason or to use to spend at the trade deadline later this season.

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