The Mets activated Jeurys Familia from the restricted list on Thursday amid a flurry of roster moves. The club also recalled catcher Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned relievers Rafael Montero and Sean Gilmartin to Triple-A.
Familia, 27, served a 15-game suspension stemming from his October arrest for a domestic incident at his home. Charges were dropped, but Major League Baseball does not require charges to be filed in order to punish a player accused of domestic violence.
The Mets plan to ease Familia back into relief work, but he is expected to reclaim the closer’s role before long. Addison Reed will continue closing for now, but will likely transition back into the set-up role when Familia is ready.
Last season, Familia saved an MLB-best 51 games with a 2.55 ERA and an 84/31 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.