The Mets announced this afternoon that reliever Jeurys Familia underwent surgery yesterday in Philadelphia to repair bilateral sport hernias.
This is the second hernia surgery in the back-end of the Mets’ bullpen since the end of the season, as closer Jenrry Mejia had his earlier this month. Mejia revealed in August that he was pitching through a hernia, but Familia’s injury wasn’t known until now. Still, both pitchers should be ready for spring training.
Familia emerged as a trusted late-inning bridge for Terry Collins this season, posting a 2.21 ERA and 73/32 K/BB ratio over 77 1/3 innings to go along with a 57.4 percent ground ball rate. The 25-year-old right-hander made 76 appearances, tied for fourth-most in the majors.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.
Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.
While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.