Late on Wednesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks continued their solid offseason by adding a key veteran reliever to their mix.
The team signed hard-throwing right-hander Jeurys Familia to a minor league contract and gave him an invitation to Major League spring training.
The veteran right-hander split time between the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox in 2022.
His numbers were not good.
The 33-year-old had a 6.09 ERA in 48 appearances.
But he isn’t too far removed from a solid season with the New York Mets in 2021, when he posted an ERA of 3.94.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today was the first with the news on Familia joining the D’Backs.
The Arizona #Dbacks, trying to strengthen their bullpen, have signed veteran reliever and closer Jeurys Familia to a minor-league contract with an invite to their major-league spring training camp.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 25, 2023
For his career, the 33-year-old righty owns a 6.5 WAR, an ERA of 3.51, and 125 total saves.
Familia made his MLB debut with the Mets in 2014 and was with the team until he was traded away to the Oakland Athletics for the stretch run of the 2018 season.
The right-hander returned to the Mets in 2019 and left again after 2021.
The Phillies had designated the right-hander for assignment last year before the Red Sox picked him up.
With the Diamondbacks, he’ll have a chance to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster and prove his worth with a team that appears to be on the rise and potentially on the verge of contention.
Arizona has already made some impactful moves this offseason.
They acquired utilityman Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and catcher Gabriel Moreno from the Toronto Blue Jays and landed former American League Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis in a trade with the Seattle Mariners.
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