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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets celebrates the win with teammates Neil Walker #20,Asdrubal Cabrera #13,Jay Bruce #19, Curtis Granderson #3 and Yoenis Cespedes #52 after the game against the Atlanta Braves during Opening Day on April 3, 2017 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the 6-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets celebrates the win with teammates Neil Walker #20,Asdrubal Cabrera #13,Jay Bruce #19, Curtis Granderson #3 and Yoenis Cespedes #52 after the game against the Atlanta Braves during Opening Day on April 3, 2017 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the 6-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 11: Jeurys Familia #32 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

14) NY Mets Worst Trade Deadline Deals: Jeurys Familia to the Athletics for a pair of prospects

We don’t know for sure how this trade will eventually end up. So far, it hasn’t been so good.

Jeurys Familia was an elite closer for the Mets during his prime. When the club traded him at the 2018 trade deadline, he was 4-4 with a 2.88 ERA and 17 saves across 40.2 innings of work. He had rebounded from a poor and injury-filled 2017 campaign. With free agency looming and a deal to be made with the Oakland Athletics, it made sense to trade him since their chances of making the postseason seemed impossible.

Familia was good for the Athletics but not excellent. He was 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA and a single save. Familia worked as a setup man in Oakland during the latter part of 2018. He would return to the Mets the next year to some awful results: a 5.70 ERA in 60 innings of work.

Still with the team in 2021, the Mets only have one player they acquired in this deal still with the organization.

To land Familia, the Athletics gave up Will Toffey, Bobby Wahl, and international slot money. Wahl was later traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in the Keon Broxton deal—an even bigger bust. Toffey remains in the minor leagues for the Mets with no indication that he’ll ever get a call to the show.

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