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.