The Mets parted ways with one of their greatest closers of all time on Saturday, sending Jeurys Familia to the postseason hopeful Oakland Athletics, in return for RHP Bobby Wahl, 3B Will Toffey, and a healthy sum of international pool money.
The former All-Star has built a reputation as a premier closer in recent years, in spite of some postseason blunders. Since taking Jenrry Mejia’s spot as the everyday closer, Familia has mostly been a dependable bullpen arm. In 2015, Familia notched 43 saves, and pitched for a 1.85 ERA. Familia elevated his play in 2016, racking up 51 saves and pitching for a 2.55 ERA.
Coming back from a 2017 season where a blood clot in his arm stifled his performance and kept him off the field for the majority of the season, Familia returned to form this season, pitching a 2.88 ERA, getting 17 saves, and pitching for a 2.54 FIP in 40 pitching appearances.
The Mets received 26-year old reliever Bobby Wahl, who has some major league experience, and 23-year old third baseman Will Toffey. In his seven relief appearances in the major leagues, Wahl has a 4.70 ERA and he struck out eight hitters. In 2018, Wahl is pitching a 2.27 ERA, 2.52 FIP, and a 42.8% strikeout rate in Triple-A ball. Toffey was a fourth round pick in the 2017 MLB draft, and he is still making his way up the ranks. This season, Toffey is hitting for a .244/.357/.384 line, and has five home runs in 197 plate appearances in Single-A Advanced play.
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