Source: Red Sox showing interest in reliever Jeurys Familia

Jeurys Familia

While so many are focused on replacing Eduardo Rodriguez in the starting rotation, or possible pursuits of big-name free-agent middle infielders, the Red Sox have another task this offseason - finding late-game relievers.

According to a major league source, one name the Sox have expressed interest in is Jeurys Familia.

With the exception of a few months in Oakland, the 32-year-old has spent his entire 10-year major-league career with the Mets, having just finished a three-year, $30 million deal with New York.

Familia is coming off a solid 2021 in which he finished with a 3.94 ERA, striking out 72 in 59 1/3 innings. He was particularly effective against right-handed hitters, holding them to a .231 batting average and .698 OPS.

The righty was somewhat susceptible to the long ball, giving up a career-high 10 home runs (all but one coming off Familia's go-to pitch, his sinker). But his overall stuff - that includes a four-seam fastball that averages 97 mph - offers an intriguing package.

Familia has plenty of late-inning experience, saving 51 games for the Mets in 2016. He hasn't served as a closer since