Last night the Mets finalized a deal sending Jeurys Familia to Oakland. Over the past few weeks, and especially as of this weekend, it was a matter of when, not if. With Familia’s contract expiring at the end of the season, the Mets have no reason to hang onto him when contenders could view him as a valuable rental. And so the Mets essentially jumped on the first offer they got, 10 days before the trade deadline. Apparently they set their criteria, and the A’s offer met that. No point in generating some interest and weighing options as the deadline approaches when the Oakland Athletics are willing to take on the rest of Familia’s $3M salary!
This is all about money for the Mets; also the sky is blue and grass is green. Funny because the Mets said they’d be willing to pay some of Familia’s salary if it meant getting better prospects in return. Obviously, that was a lie. This trade was for salary relief purposes. Period, end of story. It has absolutely nothing to do with retooling for 2019 and the future. Anyone who tells you or differently is either a blood relative to Fred and Jeff Wilpon or an ignorant fool. The Wilpons have no interest in seriously competing, and in the New York market, that’s unacceptable. Major League Baseball needs to step in and force a sale of the team because it’s irresponsible from all parties to let this “small market team in a big market city” operation endure any longer.
In regards to Jeurys Familia, his legacy as a New York Met is a strange one. He’s undeniably one of the best relievers in franchise history. He never made it easy, but he got it done more often than not in big situations. In 2015, Familia was one of the main reasons the Mets were in a position to acquire Yoenis Cespedes and eventually go on a World Series run. That’s a fact. But at the end of Jeurys Familia’s career in Queens, which is now, you can’t help but lament over his THREE blown saves in the World Series. Particularly, his failed “quick pitch” to Alex Gordon in Game 1 of the World Series will leave a sour taste in my mouth until the Mets finally do win a World Series, or until the end of time, whichever comes first.
Drafted by the Mets in 2007, Familia has spent is entire professional baseball career in the Mets organization. Trades are always weird because all we care about, as fans, is the team. We often either disregard or forget the human element altogether. He made us absolutely crazy, and I will forever hold anger towards 2015, but Jeurys Familia will be missed in New York. I guess this paves the way for Jennry Mejia’s triumphant return after all.
In conclusion, this was a desperate trade by the Mets to save a few pennies. The Wilpon’s can go fuck themselves.
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