Jeurys Familia's wallet wasn't the only one that got heavy last year.
After receiving a three-year contract worth $ 30 million in the off-season, the Mets helper had the worst season of his career and blamed weight gain for his poor results. Now he says he has lost £ 30 since the start of the off-season and expects a change in 2020.
"It has been a tough season for me," said Familia, who said he dropped from £ 270 to £ 240 through training sessions with personal trainer Dave Paladino in New Jersey. "I've never had a year like this. Gaining weight has impacted my delivery on the plate and upset my rhythm, which is why I started … exercising to reduce the weight of this off-season."
As big as the flop Edwin Diaz had for the Mets last season, Familia wasn't that disappointing. On his return to the organization in Oakland in a store, Familia 4-2 went with 5.70 ERA in 66 appearances. By late summer, he had been downgraded to a mop-up role and had left a significant hole in the greater area.
The Mets made a potentially significant contribution to success this off-season by signing Dellin Betances a $ 10.6 million one-year contract, but not forgetting Familia.
"Jeurys was a man on a postseason mission," said General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. “He worked with our health and performance department to improve all aspects of his preparation. In addition to losing weight, he spent time with [pitching coach] Jeremy Hefner to better understand his mechanics and approach. He's been dropping the hill in Citi Field since before vacation. "
Familia will have a familiar face that raises charges against him: The Mets appointed Luis Rojas manager last week after Carlos Beltran left the organization after being involved in Astros' sign theft program. Rojas worked in the Mets minor league system for eight years after working as a coach. Rojas was the Mets quality control trainer last season.
"I've been with the Mets for 13 years and he's always there for us," said Familia. "I think he's ready. He was successful in a very strong league for four years as a manager in minors and also in the Dominican Republic and won there too. He deserves it."
Diaz, who was ousted from his opponent's role due to his poor performance, was entrusted with a nutritional program at home in Puerto Rico this low season, as Van Wagenen previously indicated. Familia expects the Mets to get a narrower version of the Diaz, which was an all-star pick for the Mariners than the Reliever, which often seemed lost in 2019.
"I know Edwin and he didn't have to deal with the pressure of playing in New York as everyone thinks," said Familia. "I think he just had one of those years, but that's how baseball works. I see the kind of work he does. He's young and I think he has the best stuff for baseball."
Familia was asked to include Betances, the former Yankees All-Star, with Diaz, who returned, in the mix.
"I think we're going to be a three headed monster," said Familia.
The Mets' best helper last season was Seth Lugo, who inevitably switched from the setup role to the part-time final phase. Left-hander Justin Wilson was also a dependable option, and Mets veteran Brad Brach was re-signed after requesting waivers. Robert Gsellman is another returning member of this bullpen.
"We have a great team, no doubt we'll make it to the World Series if we stay healthy," said Familia. “We have young people like Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil who have had a great season and I think they are getting better. We really met in the second half of the year. "