The flame-throwing righty's ratios fell back from 2015 but his fantasy owners didn't complain as Jeurys Familia led the majors with 51 saves. He threw 77-plus innings for the third straight season, more than the average closer. The extra frames embellish his near double-digit strikeout rate and give his ratios a little more impact. The only blemish in Familia's skill set is inconsistent control. As an extreme groundball pitcher, he's going to have a high hit rate so he needs a low walk rate to keep his WHIP in check. His home run rate is aided by limited flyballs, which in turn yields a low ERA. To wit, Familia surrendered only one homer last season, with 10 allowed over the past three seasons spanning 233 frames. Familia may not be the first closer off the board or the most expensive, but he's not far off from those options in terms of skills. Just beware that while domestic abuse charges against Familia were dismissed, he could still face discipline from Major League Baseball.
The Mets expect a decision from MLB in the near future regarding a suspension for Familia, the The Bergen Record reports. Familia's stint in the World Baseball Classic ended recently with the elimination of the Dominican Republic. During the tournament, Familia had two saves in four appearances while holding the opposition scoreless in 3.1 innings. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has previously indicated that a suspension will be issued for Familia prior to Opening Day. Addison Reed is expected to handle save opportunities in Familia's absence.
Familia, who has been a key part of the bullpen for Team Dominican Republic so far in the WBC, likely won't be officially suspended by the commissioner's office for last October's domestic violence incident until after the tournament concludes, The New York Daily News reports. MLB would have to work something out with the players' union to suspend him during the WBC, and they likely don't want the bad publicity to tarnish the tournament, so instead his status for Opening Day will remain in limbo for the time being. Familia's pitched three times in four days for the Dominican Republic and has made at least 76 appearances for three straight seasons with the Mets, so a prolonged rest to begin the regular season might not be the worst thing for the 27-year-old's long-term health anyway.
Familia will not participate in workouts until Monday as he deals with a personal matter, Mike Puma of The New York Post reports. Familia was a late arrival to spring training due to visa issues, but this absence is expected to be related to an MLB investigation into domestic violence allegations. It's not clear when the league will make its decision, but the reliever is preparing to represent the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Familia missed Friday's team workout to attend to a "personal matter", which is thought to be related to MLB's investigation of his October domestic violence incident, The New York Post reports. The Mets expect him back in camp Saturday. All signs point to Familia being suspended to begin the regular season, but the commissioner's office isn't expected to hand down that suspension until just before Opening Day.
Familia is late to spring training due to visa issues, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The Mets are hoping he'll arrive Tuesday, but this is the least of their worries as of now. Major League Baseball has yet to make a ruling on whether or not they'll suspend Familia over domestic violence allegations, and it's unclear when a decision will be made. In the meantime, the closer will focus on getting ready for the World Baseball Classic and the regular season.