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.
Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.
That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.
Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.
Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.