TODAY: The Athletics officially announced Familia’s signing. To create 40-man roster space, left-hander Kirby Snead was placed on the 60-day injured list due to a strained throwing shoulder. Snead hasn’t thrown for over a month since first suffering the strain in Spring Training action.
MARCH 25: The A’s have signed right-hander Jeurys Familia to a Major League contract, according to FanSided’s Robert Murray (Twitter link). MLB.com’s Martin Gallegos reported earlier today that Familia was present in the Athletics’ clubhouse. Familia is represented by ACES.
It was a pretty quick trip through free agency for Familia, as he was only released yesterday from his previous minor league deal with the Diamondbacks. Since Familia could’ve opted out of that minors deal today if Arizona hadn’t included him on its Opening Day roster, the D’Backs chose to release Familia and give him a bit of a jump on the rest of the Article XX(B) market.
That head start has now paid off in a guaranteed MLB contract for the 33-year-old reliever, as well as a familiar landing spot. Familia previously pitched for the A’s in 2018, joining the team after a trade deadline swap with the Mets. Over his previous 31 1/3 innings in the green-and-gold, Familia posted a 3.45 ERA, helping Oakland reach the AL wild card game.
Since that 2018 season, Familia’s performance has been quite inconsistent, with a couple of okay seasons in 2020-21 (at least in terms of bottom-line results) sandwiched in between rough years in both 2019 and 2022. Last season, Familia struggled to a 6.09 ERA over 44 1/3 combined innings with the Phillies and Red Sox, with below-average walk and strikeout rates as well as some of the most hard contact allowed of any pitcher in baseball.
Familia did look quite a bit sharper this spring in Arizona’s camp, with a 1.35 ERA over 6 2/3 frames of work. It wasn’t enough to win him a job in the Diamondbacks bullpen, but Familia will now bring some veteran knowhow to an Athletics relief corps that is short on MLB experience. There is enough uncertainty in Oakland’s bullpen that it might not be a surprise if Familia ends up earning some save chances at some point, and given how the A’s are still in rebuild mode, Familia certainly looks like a potential trade chip this summer if he is pitching well.
Sad for a’s fans (both of them) is his 6 ERA
Your comment is so edgy! Props!
No s Sherlock lol
The Big Yo
Love A’s haters. The A’s are coming back. Very underrated trades the last few years
Mr big dig
Coming back to Las Vegas Maybe, their team colors are trash, their stadium is trash, their team is trash. It’s almost disgusting to even think about them. Hopefully they move to Vegas and change everything up.
I agree. Just 2-3 more 90-100 loss seasons and the A’s should be back by 2026.
So He’s going to the right spot
After the lst week of the season, the A’s will trade him back to the Mets. He’ll always have a home there.
This pitcher is very familia to me.
Kind of odd for him to catch a ML deal so quick but perhaps they thought he is throwing well. Hasn’t been any good in 5 years. But then again the athletics should be making as many buy low, flip at deadline moves as possible.
He actually has been good for stretches with a lot of inconsistency. This makes more sense for him than the Mets as a stopgap for the Díaz loss.
Well that’s the thing about year end stats, they don’t tell the game to game/month to month story. This is especially true for relievers. But consistency is very important.
deGrom Texas Ranger
No es mi familia
Since the A’s don’t have a strong closer they are throwing anything against the wall to see if it will stick.
Who gets Cut off the 40-Man Roster to make room for him? Cal Stevenson? Dermis Garcia? Jonah Bride?
Could be somebody goes on a long DL list(Pina). and there is a few players that could easily be drop that are not going to make the team.
It was Kirby Snead to the 60 day DL
I doubt there’ll be that much to close for Oakland anyway.
Maybe Beane calls Jay jackson
Maybe KC can bring back Alex Gordon.
Worth a shot… U never know and the very young A’s are in a sorta state of flux anyway…
I am all for a guy getting his $.
He’s got his 10yr service time in and is only 33yrs old. (as a Phillies lifer and understanding of his theft of salary last year)
Am GenX and would have totally gone the cringy Steve Carlton route, had I the talent. So while I dislike the player, dude go for it….
Nobody forced the Phillies to sign him and he showed up and played, thus fulfilling his contractual obligation. He didn’t steal salary from them any more than they stole from him, and he certainly didn’t steal from you.
Both parties accept risk in signing any contract.
i know it is definitely anti-phillies bias discussing philly players and their contracts on a post that started with “Phillies Lifer” that was discussing contract stealing money by said former philly. Then using the same type of contract stealing argument to current players to make it look how foolish the original argument was.
Also if you want to bring in “expectations” … he has been trending down for the last few years and obviously getting old yet the team was looking for a bounceback and paid him hlafway between an excellent non closing reliever and filler at 6M assuming he would. This despite having 9 hr per 9 in a bigger stadium like the citifield then going to the bandbox. What did the phillies expect, that the hrs would go down? His FIP was near what its been for the past 4 or 5 years. So you got exactly what was expected of him. Its not his fault the phillies didnt get a bounceback they were HOPING FOR and didnt account for more balls flying out. that didnt in bigger stadiums. So yes Familia fulfilled his contract and played to what has been for the last few years. If the phillies paid him more and hoped for lightning in a bottle is that his fault?
So get some facts and actual figures and analysis or go troll elsewhere. If anything it should be the front office and their analysts you should be directing the “hey dont suck” to because familia did exactly like he has done for YEARS which is middling reliever thats prone to the long ball. Its not his fault those long balls are homeruns in philly.
I AM a business owner. Showing up is not enough. Familia was cut from TWO teams so obviously they felt just showing up was not enough. Considering he looked like he was just going through the motions it is fair to say he stole his salary because he did nothing to earn it.
Brilliant. When you have nothing interesting or intelligent to say, you can always resort to name-calling. The troll calling others trolls.
He did what he did and what he has done for the past few years. Lets say you are the business owner of a fine top of the line steakhouse and then hired someone that’s last few years work history has been a mcdonalds fryer. Are you expecting him to take over as your head chef and revolutionize your entire kitchen staff? Or are you expecting him to be the back end of your kitchen and maybe handle cutting vegetables and frying fries?
But who forced the Phillies to sign him to that contract?
the phillies front office at the behest of “philly lifers” offered him that contract. They wanted a better bullpen and they hoped for an improved player but got a player was what he was. No other team including his former teams offered him that. So i will say you.are part of the who.
Roll, Do you ever get anything right?
@Roll: Why me? I live in Brooklyn.
Roll, Familia had a 3.87 ERA the last 2 seasons. He was better than league average.
Then he went through the motions for 2 different teams that both fired him.
As I said, do you ever get anything right?
My wife, my son, and I were at the facility that the Diamondbacks share with the Rockies to see the son of a family friend play in minor league games on the 17th to the 21st. While we were there on Monday we heard someone screaming in Spanish at a Diamondbacks pitcher that was throwing a bullpen. You could hear it a field away,
Who was being screamed at? Familia. What was the coach saying? If you worked half as hard at pitching as you do at making excuses you would be “Azucar” and bringing in “enormes pilas de dinero” instead of being here “como un pobre campesino”. Azucar is sugar and “Sugar” is Edwin Diaz’s nickname. I think you can figure out the 2nd phrase in Spanish. The third one is basically like a poor peasant. There were a few other choice words in Spanish that I am sure would get my post banned.
4 days later Familia was cut.
Roll, in 2020 and 2021 Familia was a serviceable if not shut down reliever with a 3.87 ERA and 106 ERA+. He was slightly above league average.
In 2022 his performance fell off a cliff. His body language said loud and clear that he did not care how he pitched and it showed in his performance.
So the Phillies signed him in 2022 expecting to get the performance he produced in 2020 and 2021. He wasn’t expected to be their closer. Just a setup man.
Instead they got one of the worst pitchers in baseball. Out of 203 relievers with 40 plus IP, only 3 relievers had a worse ERA and only 10 had a worse FIP. The Phillies did NOT get what they were paying for.
To use your analogy, the Phillies hired a sous chef from a top restaurant and got a McDonalds french fry maker.
Then the Red Sox picked him up after the Phillies fired him and were hoping that he would be at least better than the worst guys in their pen. He couldn’t do even that. He was worse than he was with the Phillies.
I dont mind deals like this assuming it is veterans minimum or close to it.
You have a former closer and all star and you just never know. I dont believe he is blocking anyone and if anything he might be able to help the young guys with real life experience. If he shows out to be horrible you cut him with minimal investment and potentially another team picks up some of the money you potentally lose. Best case he regains some form and becomes a useful reliever.
Why do you care how much money is involved when any team and any player agree to a contract? It’s not coming out of your pocket.
And there is no such thing as a veterans minimum. There is only a MLB minimum salary.
so which mlb minumum are you talking about because you know some commentor or troll is going to say that there is only one minimum salary out there and that minimum is 570k and then have to explain that that no there is more than one MLB minimum where there is one for pre-arbitration players that is 570k which a veteran is not eligible for and then one for players that are out of arbitration that are known as veterans and get 700K and make that distinction. I wouldnt want to do that and explain it out but i guess i had to anyways.
you are welcome to have all sports get rid of caps pay him and every player 50M a year. If you deal with any type of media such as cable tv /streaming service membership that deal with sports in any form, you are paying for it. It may be pannies or a few dollars per person but there is this crazy thing called licensing. Perfect example is when cw cut off comcast a few months back, they wanted a higher licensing fee based on the programming they offer which includes sport games which im sure raises their prices than without. And if the sport / teams raise what they want … then the licensor will raise their fee to the service provider. The provider can either choose to eat the cost (lol if you think they will) or pass it on to the customer with a higher bill. This for everyone to pay not just sports fans. This is done with contract deals and usually have a few years (around a decade or more) but with contracts getting shorter and shorter i wouldnt be surprised if this is done every couple years as all contracts are getting shorter and shorter.
This will also apply to licensing of anything not media as well such as apparal and such. The only difference is the union gets that money instead of the middle person.
So unless you are a luddite then yes you pay for their salaries. No you dont traditionally pay mlb directly for it but you still pay for it in the end. I am also not including the raise in the ticket prices parking and concession as a i assume you do not go to games but if you do yes that will be raised as well.
But why do you care about any individual player’s salary?
Roll, all those words just to be 100% wrong. How pitiful.
Ive been reading these types of comments online, and on here for years and I really cannot understand it myself. Why does it matter? They never have a good solid logical reasoning for bringing up another working mans salary and then mysteriously posit themselves as if they are the team owner and somehow they themselves are paying the mans salary out of their own pocket. It is not based in reality, it is utter nonsense and the discourse should be thrown in the bin forever in my opinion.
In 2023 ALL major league players will earn a minimum of $720k if they are the roster for the full season or a prorated portion of $720k for whatever service time they accrue. It doesn’t matter if you are a rookie or a 20 year veteran. That is the minimum.
You wrote that TL;DR and were wrong about nearly everything.
There is no such thing in baseball as veteran minimum. There is just MLB minimum.
Which is the minimum? … because both are right … one is for pre-arbitration and one is for veterans.
What Is The Minimum Salary In Mlb 2022?
The minimum salary for a player in Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2022 will be $570,500, an increase of $10,000 from the 2021 minimum of $560,500. The minimum salary will increase by $10,000 each year through 2026, when it will reach $630,500.
What is the minimum salary for a 40 man roster?
Each unsigned player on an MLB 40-man roster who is tendered a contract must be offered at least the MLB minimum salary ($700,000 in 2022, $720,000 in 2023, $740,000 in 2024, $760,000 in 2025, and $780,000 in 2026) and (with a couple of exceptions) at least 80% of the player’s previous season’s salary, and at least 70% …
Wrong again Roll. Read the article. It lays it out.
@Roll: What’s the difference to you?
Roll, There is no difference in MLB minimum for pre-arb or arb or 20 year veterans. Its $720k in 2023.
People on the 40 man roster are paid according to their contract and are NOT guaranteed $720K unless they are on the 26 man roster all season.
If players are on the 40 man roster but playing in the minors they get $58,800 the first year and $117,400 the 2nd year and on.
A Familia face for Oakland’s bullpen
Originally thought OAK would pickup Familia on a cheap one year deal. Kind of pitcher I could see making their roster in its current set up. Guess it took some time but they reunite after all.
they were probably hoping a closer would wait til just before seaon starts like profar signing and get them on the cheap.
This is like a Giants Move. Wonder Why.
Alex Gordon broke him!
Easy flip or easy dump.
I mean go sign a homeless guy/(girl) off the streets of Oakland ( there has to be a few), you’ll get the same product. He is beyond done…
Oakland “Athletics”: A team with virtually no fan-base to speak of, that’s hasn’t won a World Series in more then 30 years, that’s going nowhere despite the stadium situation since they’re unwanted by any other city in America.
“A team with virtually no fan-base to speak of”
Just a lie. A total fallacy. We are here. Theres way less Marlins fans if you want to throw bricks in glass houses…
“hasn’t won a World Series in more then 30 years”
Where’s this smoke for the Mets, Tigers, Orioles, Pirates, Guardians, Mariners, Padres, Rangers and Brewers?
“they’re unwanted by any other city in America.”
I beg of you to learn basic English. Also to make sense. The Marlins have fraud rings because they bought championships then cowardly tore them down immediately, destroying any momentum the team had as a power.
This was actually typed out by a MARLINS fan. Can’t make this crap up.
Come on now, that’s going a bit too far, don’t you think? “Virtually no fan base”??? I do think all of their fans would find that statement quite offensive … BOTH OF THEM!!!
William Beane doesn’t count as a fan so it’s really just 1 hahaha.
It’s going to be funny when Langeliers, Allen, Ruiz and Capel all play at a high level and 5 of the 47 or so SP prospects the A’s have hoarded pan out and the new scheduling is kind to them in terms of facing injury-plagued teams, and they win 90 games.
Another thing, its WILD that the A’s, a likely last place team, have lots of haters in here. Like, how bad is your life if you are dedicated to trolling a last place teams fans. That is the lowest of the low, you know that, right?
Ok, yeah, any rule 5 pick is better than Jeurys Familia and they’re actually adding him to the roster and gave him a major league contract. Wow, just wow
He had good streaks with the A’s previously. Maybe he will pull a Jed Lowrie. He’s only 33. Tons of relievers who were left for dead figured it out past 33.