MLB Trade Rumours: New York Mets Consider Trading Jed Lowrie And Jeurys Familia?

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MLB trade rumours: The New York Mets are looking to trade Jed Lowrie and Jeurys Familia in the off-season. Dom Smith might be included in the package deal

Written By Sreehari Menon | Mumbai | Updated On:
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The New York Mets are considering the possibility of trimming their payroll in the offseason. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Mets are considering trading infielder Jed Lowrie and Jeurys Familia in a package deal with the low-cost first baseman Dominic Smith. The New York Mets had acquired both players last season. 

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MLB Trade rumours: New York Mets looking to trade Jed Lowrie and Jeurys Familia

MLB Trade rumours: Jed Lowrie and Jeurys Familia last season

Jed Lowrie was limited to 9 games last season due to injury. Despite him being an All-Star player, his age and injury issues dropped the 35-year-old’s trading value. On the other hand, Jeurys Familia had a season to forget, finishing with an ERA of 5.70 and 4.88 FIP in 66 outings with a 6.3 BB/9 last season. The 30-year-old was brilliant before the previous season, closing 123 games for the Mets from 2013 to 2018.

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MLB Trade rumours: New York Mets looking at damage control?

It seems like the New York Mets’ General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen is trying to clear some of the mess he created last season. Van Wagenen in his debut season last year acquired both Jed Lowrie ($20 million, two years) and Jeurys Familia ($30 million, three years). Familia is still due $22 million through the 2021 season while they owe Jed Lowrie $ 13 million through the 2020 season. According to Spotrac, The New York Mets are $11.5 million luxury tax, and it could be one reason they are aiming for a bit of financial flexibility. While Mets haven’t made the team’s payroll public knowledge, it seems like the New York side, who are known to be frugal,  are trying to cut down on their costs. 

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MLB Trade rumours: Mets willing to add Dominic Smith in the Lowrie-Familia package

The question here is whether the New York Mets should use Dominic Smith in what's effectively a damage control procedure. Smith batted .282 and slugged .525 with 11 home runs and 25 RBI in 89 games in 2019. The 24-year-old is not due free agency till 2025. The only reason for the Mets to trade him would be because he fits better as a first baseman, which creates a problem for the Mets since National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso is their long-term answer at first.

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