Phillies reach agreement with free agent reliever Jeurys Familia
The Phillies have reached an agreement with right-handed reliever Jeurys Familia. According to sources the deal is for one-year/ $6 million with an additional $1 million in possible incentives.
You would imagine that Familia will have every opportunity to reach those incentives as opportunity abounds amongst the garbage fire that has been the Phillies bullpen the past two seasons.
In a ten-year career mostly spent with the Mets, Familia has proved to be a reliable hard-throwing option who routinely induces ground ball outs. His best seasons came in 2015 and 2016 when he saved an impressive 94 games.
While Familia hasn’t enjoyed the same level of success since, he posted a strong 2021 campaign with a 3.94 ERA and 27.5 K% over 59 innings. He will at times frustrate with the amount of walks he allows but in 2021 he lowered that rate from 15.8% to 10.3%.
Last year, Phillies relievers tied with the Nationals for the league lead in blown saves (34).
I can already hear the fanbase groaning over the signing of another league-average reliever. Especially, considering the club has other major holes to fill in LF and CF. But with a league-average bullpen the Phillies would have arguably made the playoffs over the past few seasons.
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[…] Thanks to a shortened Spring Training due to the 99-day lockout, younger players and veteran camp invites who would have normally had extended looks with the big club in Clearwater will now struggle to make a splash. Five of the eight potential slots in the pen are all but locked up after the recent signing of free agent Jeurys Familia. […]