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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.