Jeurys Familia has drawn interest from seven to eight clubs and the New York Mets have “gotten to the point of exchanging names with teams” on their closer, according to Andy Martino of SNY. Scouts are reportedly on hand tonight at Yankee Stadium to see Familia pitch, and Martino anticipates that he will be moved “well before” the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
After a lost 2017 season that included a 15-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, a three-month disabled list stint, and a career-worst 4.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP, Familia has returned to form in 2018. He has a 2.88 ERA, a 2.53 FIP, and a 1.23 WHIP in 40.2 innings with 43 strikeouts. In seven innings since July 1, he’s allowed zero runs on just one hit, and opponents have a paltry .046 batting average and .170 OPS against him.
Two of the other top relievers on the market have already been moved. The Washington Nationals acquired Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals on June 18 for minor leaguers Kelvin Gutierrez, Blake Perkins, and Yohanse Morel. Yesterday, the San Diego Padres dealt closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber to the Cleveland Indians for top prospect Francisco Mejia. With Cleveland improving their bullpen with the Hand trade, that leaves the Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, and Philadelphia Phillies as teams in the playoff hunt that could look to improve their bullpen before the deadline.