Mets GM ‘dis­ap­pointed’ with Fa­milia sit­u­a­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ron­ald Blum

Mets GM Sandy Alder­son ad­dressed his closer Jeurys Fa­milia’s do­mes­tic vi­o­lence com­plaint.

In his first pub­lic com­ments since a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence com­plaint was filed against New York Mets closer Jeurys Fa­milia, gen­eral man­ager Sandy Alder­son said the team al­ready was likely to seek bullpen help be­fore the le­gal prob­lem sur­faced last week.

A com­plaint in mu­nic­i­pal court in Fort Lee, New Jersey, dated Oct. 31 al­leged the All-Star pitcher caused “bod­ily in­jury to an­other.” A hear­ing is sched­uled for Nov. 14.

“Ob­vi­ously, we were ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed and frankly shocked at the al­le­ga­tions,” Alder­son said Mon­day at the ma­jor league gen­eral man­agers meet­ing. “Of course, he hasn’t had a hear­ing yet and so the facts are to be de­ter­mined.”

Alder­son termed it “not just an un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion, but a sad one for him and his fam­ily.”

The 27-year-old Fa­milia led the ma­jors with a fran­chise-record 51 saves this year and has 94 over the past two sea­sons for the Mets.

“I don’t think that it’s fully sunk in yet as to what im­pact it

will have sim­ply be­cause it’s not clear what ex­actly hap­pened and how that will im­pact his avail­abil­ity,” Alder­son said. “I think we were in­clined to look at some ad­di­tional late-in­ning help be­fore this in­ci­dent oc­curred.”

Un­der base­ball’s new do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pol­icy, Yan­kees closer Aroldis Chap­man was sus­pended for the first 29 games of the 2016 sea­son and Colorado short­stop Jose Reyes for 59 days. Reyes was re­leased by the Rock­ies and signed with the Mets, his orig­i­nal big league team.

As the meet­ing be­gan, the Mets made $17.2 mil­lion qual­i­fy­ing of­fers to a pair of free agents, out­fielder Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes and se­cond base­man Neil Walker. They have un­til next Mon­day to ac­cept.

Ac­quired from Detroit at the July 31 trade dead­line in 2015, Ce­s­pedes had 17 home runs and 44 RBIs in 57 games with the Mets down the stretch that year, help­ing them reach the World Se­ries for the first time since 2000.

Af­ter find­ing a slow mar­ket for his ser­vices in a free-agent class that also in­cluded out­field­ers Ja­son Hey­ward, Alex Gor­don and Justin Up­ton, Ce­s­pedes made a sur­prise re­turn to the Mets when New York agreed in Jan­uary to a $75 mil­lion, three-year con­tract that al­lowed him to opt out af­ter one sea­son and $27.5 mil­lion.

Ce­s­pedes had 31 homers and 86 RBIs in 132 games this year, slowed af­ter in­jur­ing his right quadri­ceps on July 8. He ter­mi­nated the deal Satur­day.

“We ex­pected him to opt out. We did have one meet­ing with his agent,

about a week, 10 days ago,” Alder­son said, adding he will meet with the agent again this week. “I would say there was some in­ter­est on their part in per­haps do­ing some­thing sooner rather than later. But I think this par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion is go­ing to have to work it­self out.

“That doesn’t mean that we’re look­ing for the same sort of late off­sea­son res­o­lu­tion that we had last year.”

Walker, who had sea­son-end­ing back surgery on Sept. 8, wants to re­main with the Mets, and New York would like to keep him. While Alder­son said a long-term con­tract is pos­si­ble, he also said Walker might ac­cept the qual­i­fy­ing of­fer.

In a 30-minute as­sess­ment of his team’s sta­tus, Alder­son said he ex­pects a re­turn to health for the Mets’ start­ing rotation.

Matt Harvey had surgery July 18 for tho­racic out­let syn­drome, Ja­cob deGrom had a Septem­ber op­er­a­tion on the ul­nar nerve in his right el­bow and left-han­der Steven Matz had bone spurs re­moved from his left el­bow and a platelet-rich plasma in­jec­tion in his left shoul­der.

Right-han­der Noah Syn­der­gaard also was slowed by bone spurs but did not have surgery, and right-han­der Zack Wheeler hasn’t re­turned to the ma­jor leagues from Tommy John surgery in March 2015.

“In spite of the bumps and bruises and things, peo­ple have ex­pressed in­ter­est,” Alder­son said. “Be­cause of all these lit­tle — these nicks and other things, I think it’s un­likely we’d trade any of that pitch­ing, in part be­cause it is our strength and in part be­cause right now it might be dis­counted a lit­tle bit in value.”


Mets re­lief closer Jeurys Fa­milia walks back up to mound dur­ing last month’s Na­tional League wild card base­ball game against Giants.

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