Early Saturday afternoon the New York Mets finalized the trade of their closer Jeurys Familia. In turn, the Mets received RHP Bobby Wahl, 3B William Toffey, and international bonus money. This deal more or less signals the end of the 2018 season, it is reasonable to assume that the Amazin’s will continue to sell off pieces with expiring contracts. The Milwaukee Brewers seem to be interested in 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, with Jerry Blevins and Zack Wheeler likely to be traded as well. While some have been critical of the Mets return for Familia, they seemed to be able to bring back a reasonable amount in the dying era of the large return for a rental player.
“This trade hits three major areas,” assistant general manager John Ricco said in a statement (according to the New York Post). “We got a major league ready reliever our scouts recommended, a position player who was a high selection from the 2017 draft and strong prospect in the A’s system as well as receiving international bonus pool money to help in the future.”
RHP Bobby Wahl furthers the team’s initiative of bringing in young pitchers with good arms. The club has a clear lack of relief depth as we see Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman receive a majority of innings on today’s roster. Starting in 2017, these moves were attempts to find a hard-throwing diamond in the rough. Bobby Wahl, a 26-year-old reliever, had been one of the A’s best minor league relievers in 2018. Before the trade, Wahl had thrown 39.2 innings in Triple-A with a 2.27 ERA/2.52 FIP and a 0.86 WHIP. His fastball has peaked at 99 MPH, normally sitting between 93-96 MPH. He also possesses a hard slider which could be considered a plus out pitch. While Wahl is nothing spectacular, he just becomes another piece to a complicated bullpen situation. He seems to be more developed than the arms that were brought in last summer. We could see Wahl in Queens before too long.
William Toffey, the 23-year-old third baseman was assigned to Double-A Binghamton on Saturday. Toffey was Oakland’s 17th ranked prospect, being selected in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Drawing comparisons to Matt Carpenter, Toffey looks like he could develop into a talented Major League player.
Being a big market team, especially in New York, the Mets will always be the center of constant criticism. In my eyes, this move was a win on multiple fronts. The extra International Bonus Money will go a long way, as will the talented players. The New York Mets are in need of a talent revamp, moves like this can only benefit the team in the long run. The New York Mets will not be competing in 2018 and they got what they could for their All-Star Closer. We can only get an idea of the future impact of this trade, we will have to wait to be able to get a full picture of its impact.