The New York Mets are starting their offseason on the wrong note; all-star closer Jeurys Familia has been arrested in correspondence to a domestic violence charge. According to NorthJersey.com, Police said that Familia caused “bodily injury to another” and that they observed a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of the victim.
The Mets offered a brief statement regarding the charge by saying, “The matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation.” The MLB also gave a statement saying, “We are aware and are investigating the facts.”
The MLB takes domestic violence cases very seriously, rightfully so. Aroldis Chapman served a 30 game suspension earlier in regards to a domestic violence violation. Jose Reyes also served a suspension this past season, missing 52 games.
The Mets signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He was named the Mets closer in 2015. This past season, Familia was named an MLB All-star for the first time in his career. The closer set a Mets record, converting 32 consecutive save opportunities. He finished his impressive 2016 campaign with 51 saves, most among all MLB pitchers.
Familia is scheduled to make $3.3M this upcoming season. However, depending on the suspension, assuming there will be one, the pitcher will lose a portion of that $3.3M, that is, if he remains a member of the Mets.
It is still early in this case, so it is hard to find reason that the Mets will release Familia. However, if the allegations escalate, it would not be shocking to see the Mets make a move.