Another Phillies weakness is in the bullpen and Jeurys Familia can help them
In case you checked out of every Mets vs. Phillies game over the last few seasons, let me fill you in with the abridged version of what often happened. The Phillies blew a lot of games late. If you thought the Mets have had bullpen problems, you haven’t paid attention to the disaster in Philadelphia.
Given this, the Phillies are going to need to look at and consider every bullpen option available. Free agent Jeurys Familia is one guy I think could end up with them.
The former Mets closer returned to the club after the 2018 season on a three-year deal that didn’t go as planned. Familia was bad in 2019, okay in 2020, and mostly average this past season. It’s easy to part with him. He was far too shaky in round two with the ball club.
The Phillies haven’t seemed eager to actually fix their ongoing bullpen issue. Years of not having a top closer have eaten away at the win column. Before the lockout, they signed Corey Knebel to a one-year deal. Many suspect he becomes the closer.
Familia probably won’t get handed a closer job, even in Philadelphia. However, the Phillies would be smart to bring in some guys with experience. Familia has a ton of it. His 2015 and 2016 seasons were two of the best in Mets history for a reliever.