Jeurys Familia Trade Was Predictably Awful

Last year, the Mets traded Addison Reed, statistically the best reliever on the market for a trio of right-handed relief prospects in Gerson Bautista, Jamie Callahan, and Stephen Nogosek.

Bautista has a 12.46 ERA in five Major League appearances, and he has a 5.08 ERA in the minors.

Callahan had a 9.72 ERA in seven appearances for Las Vegas before going down with season ending shoulder surgery.

Nogosek has a 5.49 ERA with a 6.8 BB/9.

It is just one year, but the pieces received in exchange for Reed last year are actually worse than you could have imagined.  What makes that all the worse is the return for Reed was deemed underwhelming at the time of the trade.

This is important to note because as noted by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the New York Mets had the audacity to liken the return they received from the Oakland Athletics for Jeurys Familia to what they received from the Boston Red Sox for Reed.

With that, you don’t need to go searching out for an analysis from a scouting outlet, reporter, or talking head.  The Mets themselves are telling you they got a terrible return for not just their biggest trade piece, but also for the top reliever remaining on the trade market.

But don’t take it from the Mets, take it from Keith Law’s scathing review in his ESPN Insider piece on the topic:

If the New York Mets are just going to trade their most valuable major league trade assets for salary relief, rather than try to improve the club, then it’s time for MLB to step in and force the Wilpons to sell the team, just as the league did with Frank McCourt and the Dodgers.  Trading Jeurys Familia for two fringe-at-best prospects is not how any team, regardless of payroll level, should operate in this environment.  For a franchise that operates in the largest market in the league to do this — and do so ten days before the trade deadline rather than waiting for someone to offer a legitimate return — is embarrassing for the Mets and Major League Baseball as a whole.

What makes this all the more maddening is the Mets have recently been quite public about how they are now in “excellent financial health” and that this time, they would be willing to eat salary to improve their return in a trade.

The very first chance they go to do it, they proved they were lying.  Sure, they can go and spin it any way they want, but plain and simple, the Mets were lying.

Remember, reports on Friday were the Mets were on the verge of completing a trade with the Athletics, and then there was a stall.  As reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the money, not the return, was the issue.  In fact, the reports were the holdup was there was another team more willing to take on more of Familia’s salary.

NOT another team jumping in with a better prospect haul.  No, another team willing to pay more of Familia’s salary.  The end result was the small market Athletics taking on all of Familia’s salary.

You have to look long and hard for a person who like the trade it prompted former General Manager and writer for The Athletic, Jim Bowden to write, “The return they got from Oakland was so light, I had to make calls and texts around both leagues to see if I was missing anything. I couldn’t get a single unbiased team to support the return the Mets got.”

That return was Bobby Wahl, William Toffey, and $1 million in international bonus pool money.

Wahl is yet another one of the Mets newfound hard throwing right-handed relief prospects.  He’s putting up really good numbers in Triple-A (albeit with scary peripherals), and like Matt Harvey, he’s a pitcher with TOS.

Toffey, well, he’s been described anywhere from a fringe prospect to a future bench player.  Oh, and as Law noted, “I know [Toffey’s] father and J.P. Riccardi, one part of the Mets’ interm GM structure, are friends, but I don’t know if that was a factor in the deal.”

Naturally, John Ricco would come out and say it was Riccardi who ran point on the deal with the Athletics.  Of course, this happened a day later because apparently one of the three GMs the Mets have had a previously scheduled engagement.

Think about that for a second.  The trade deadline is less than two weeks away, and one of your GMs, the guy who is front and center with the media, has a previously scheduled engagement.  Seriously?

So, basically, if you take the Mets at face value, he wasn’t around when the deal went down.  But that’s fine because it was Riccardi who “ran point” on the trade because of his relationship with the Athletics.

Taking the Mets at face value, Riccardi made this deal, and yet, the former GM could not speak with the media because they needed the guy who has never been a GM and who has ducked the media in the past to be the point man with the media to speak on a deal he had no part (or very little part) in making.

And just when you didn’t think it could get any better, the Mets are hyping the international bonus pool money and what Omar Minaya can do with it.  Being fair, seeing how he signed Familia for $100,000, that’s a reason to like the deal.

So, in the end, we have the Mets coaxing the Athletics to eat more of Familia’s salary rather than get a better return, one of the GMs obtaining his friend’s son in a lackluster return, one of the selling points being how one of the GMs could use the international bonus money, and the one guy who has nothing to do with the deal or how it will be utilized being the guy who answers questions about the trade and the return.  Furthermore, the same front office is comparing the deal to a trade which has so far blown up in their faces.

Under normal circumstances, you would say this is display of complete and utter incompetence, and no organization would want to be embarrassed publicly in this fashion.

However, this is the Mets team run by the Wilpons.  As a result, this is just business as usual for what has become a complete and utter mess of an organization.

Ultimately, if you want a succinct analysis of the Mets trading Familia, it’s shame on the Mets and the Wilpons for continuing to operate their team in this fashion.



17 thoughts on “Jeurys Familia Trade Was Predictably Awful”


    MLB Trade Rumors:

    On teams that did not offer salary relief to Jeff Wilpon:

    “Ricco’s explanation notwithstanding, the Familia trade has drawn criticism for the relatively small return (two minor prospects and $1MM in international bonus money) the Mets received, particularly with so many teams looking for bullpen help.

    Sources from rival teams interested in Familia told The Athletic’s Jim Bowden (subscription required) that they didn’t know why the Mets didn’t approach them one final time to give them a chance to top Oakland’s offer.”

    -Mark Polishuk

    Allegedly… First Jeff Wilpon separated the teams willing to assume the salary from the others…. then he talked to the teams that picked up the salary.

    Allegedly that was just one, Oakland…
    No one else to call?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The As probably said they’d pay the salary and that was that

  2. Blu2MileHigh says:

    The Jeff Wilpon saga can just get worse….

    -He is less vulnerable about money as Madoff debt will be repaid by 2021
    -He always has had a FU attitude with how he governs
    -With negative publicity he seems resilient and continues to do the same or worse. This trade shows what the absense of Sandy really means. Do I need to dissect the Familia deal?
    -The Oakland deal was pushed by Jeff : Ricco says : “Our scouts told us” which meBs that Ricco took no ownership on the deal and if Ricco stays as GM he will be defanged with absolutely less authority than Sandy’s limited authority

    Remember – Jeff Wilpon wanted a $35 m loan from MLB and Selig only relented on a must lend situation for the MLB brand only when Jeff agreed to give Sandy complete authority until the $35 m was repaid

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Whenever Jeff Wilpon is involved, there’s no doubt things can and will get worse.


    Sell the team?
    Only if they were facing bankrupcy…
    When McCourt was forced to sell the Dodgers there was a shorter term billion dollar plus cable deal w Fox on the books.
    The SNY deal with the Mets is a rip-off at the Mets and limited partners disadvantage.
    The owner will have to get a new deal at twice the money or buy out their share in SNY also.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      They will never be forced to sell

  4. Blu2MileHigh says:

    Fred Wilpon probably put tne 26% of Mets and 33% of SNY into a trust for Jeff’s children with an outside administrator.

    What did Jeff succeed at prior to the Mets? I heard he is a great athlete, a good father but maybe prehaps he just intelligently found better maintenance for less at his father’s buildings?

    Allegedly is very charitable – the Mets do provide millions of good donated meals that cost ten cents each.

    That can be achieved with pasta, red sauce, a veggie and a cookie.

    A few million meals takes administration that is also donated.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Jeff is conceited and dumb

  5. Gothamist says:

    He does not give a hoot about us and he will translate the Cespedes long term contract fiasco as a new fear to give de Grom any long term money.


    July 23, 2018 at 12:19pm CDT

    Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has a landslide of trade chatter in his latest “10 Degrees” column, but he first kicks off with a look at what he terms “new depths of dysfunction” among the Mets’ front office and ownership. Passan echoes previous reports which have suggested that COO Jeff Wilpon is as caught up with whether the cross-town Yankees win or lose as he is with his own team’s success, and he also explores the startling lack of organizational communication that became increasingly apparent with this weekend’s Yoenis Cespedes debacle.

    Passan also notes that a GM from another team and another exec from a second team have both wondered to him whether Wilpon is so concerned with the public perception of his team that he’d push for a trade of Jacob deGrom in an effort to engender some positive P.R. among a fanbase that has clamored for a rebuild. Most still expect the Mets to hang onto both deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, he adds, but even the notion that some teams feel Mets ownership could plausibly be leveraged or taken advantage of in that manner has to be unsettling for Mets fans.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      If the Mets believe trading deGrom will please Mets fans, they’re dumber than we all thought.

  7. OldBackstop says:

    This is truly patheyic:

    ““We made the judgment the talent level for eating money wasn’t going to be there, so we decided to do the deal where we moved the money,” Ricco said before the Mets were to face the Yankees on Sunday night in the Subway Series finale at the Stadium. “Some of the money we’re saving on Familia will go toward signing additional players.”

    So getting $3.2 million, plus $1 million in int’l, minus whatever the prospects are making, is sold to the fans as a boon toward signing additional players?

    Did we get the soda machine filled?

    I’ll give you a small upside possibility. It was said last week that the Mets were willing to take on salary in a deal to get some player upside. Remember in Moneyball when the owner made Billy Beane dump salary in order to sign the guys he wanted? Maybe that is what is going on here….they have a deal lined up, maybe for Cabrera, but it will entail some money. So the Wilpons demanded they free salary first. That would make the early timing and the stupid financial comment make sense.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Mets are dumping money for its own sake.

  8. Sergio Ferrer says:

    Jeff Wilpon got lucky last year in that they made multiple trades for Grade D prospects to dump salary but everyone was asleep. This time his chickens came home to roost because everyone assumes he’s the acting GM just as he was in 2004 when he traded Kazmir

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I really was surprised how little heat they got last year for the Reed trade.

  9. OldBackstop says:

    This would be the classic Mets move….

    They rushed Familia to free up money. Next up is Cabrera. Who wants Cabrera? The Indians have been mentioned. What player would they want to unload, that Cabrera might displace, who would meet the Mets prerequisites of being old, overpriced, and oft injured?

    How about the guy they have been linked to, ala Jay Bruce, for years?

    The Indians get Cabrera, the Mets get 31 year old, past All Star, recently injured Jason Kipnis, his $30 mil contract, $15 mil cash, and a real top prospect.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’ll take Kipnis.

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