Report: Mets sign Jeurys Familia to three-year, $30 million contract

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The Mets have reunited with reliever Jeurys Familia, signing the right-hander to a three-year, $30 million contract, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The deal is pending a physical.

Familia, 29, began the 2018 season with the Mets but was traded to the Athletics on July 21 in exchange for Bobby Wahl, Will Toffey, and international bonus slot money. Between the two teams, Familia registered 18 saves with a 3.13 ERA and an 83/28 K/BB ratio in 72 innings.

Familia will set up for closer Edwin Díaz, whom the Mets acquired along with second baseman Robinson Cano earlier this month. The Mets are certainly relevant in what should be a highly competitive NL East in 2019. The Phillies, Braves, and Nationals have all bolstered their rosters this offseason as well and will likely continue to do so throughout the winter.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.