The Philadelphia Phillies are adding an intriguing arm to their bullpen, as it's been reported by Robert Murray of FanSided that the team has landed reliever Jeurys Familia. The deal is still not official at the moment, but it should be once the veteran pitcher passes his physical.
Free-agent reliever Jeurys Familia in agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies, pending physical, according to sources familiar with the situation.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) March 13, 2022
Familia most recently pitched for the New York Mets, so he'll still be finding himself throwing from the mound of Citi Field. The 32-year-old right-hander has been in the majors for 10 years now, with his best season thus far coming in 2016 — his lone All-Star campaign to date. That season, he posted 51 saves and had a 2.55 ERA and a lower 2.39 FIP. It's been an up-and-down since for Familia, who went 9-4 with 3.94 ERA and 4.40 FIP in 65 appearances, mostly as a setup man.
Familia isn't going to be the savior of Philly's bullpen that was a huge letdown for the team in 2021, but adding an experienced arm in a new atmosphere could move the needle in favor of Philadelphia. The Phillies finished the 2021 regular season ranked just 25th in the majors in bullpen ERA (4.60) despite the fact that they are getting the second-most run support per nine innings at 5.10. At least for Familia, that sounds like a great destination, as he was used to getting fat run cushion behind him with the Mets.