Jeurys Familia’s wallet wasn’t the only thing that got heavy last year.
The Mets reliever, after receiving a three-year contract worth $30 million in the offseason, had the worst season of his career and blames weight gain for his dismal results. Now he says he’s lost 30 pounds since the start of the offseason and expects a change in 2020.
“It was a tough season for me,” said Familia, who says he’s dropped from 270 pounds to 240 through workouts with personal trainer Dave Paladino in New Jersey. “I’ve never had a year like that. Gaining weight affected my delivery to the plate and messed up my rhythm, which is why I started … training to take the weight off this offseason.”
As big a flop as Edwin Diaz was for the Mets last season, he didn’t plummet to Familia’s level of disappointment. In his return to the organization after going to Oakland in a trade, Familia went 4-2 with a 5.70 ERA in 66 appearances. By late summer he had been demoted to a mop-up role, leaving a significant hole in the bullpen.
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