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Charges Dropped Against Mets Closer

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Familia cleared by courts, Mets relieved

New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia stood before an audience today, although not the typical crowd he’s grown accustomed too. No crazed fans, no uniforms, just himself, his wife and the New Jersey court system, awaiting a decision that would determine not only his civilian status, but his baseball fate.

Judge John DeSheplo presided over todays hearing in Fort Lee Municipal Court. The motion to dismiss charges was entered by a New Jersey prosecutor and signed by DeShelpo ending the legal side of his domestic abuse charges.

These were the final remarks from Judge DeSheplo to Familia and his wife Bianca Rivas:

“I have signed it and given it to the court administrator. Good luck to both of you and have a nice holiday.”

Upon hearing the news, Familia and Rivas exited the court through a side door, entered a white Range Rover and departed the courthouse. Neither had any comments for the media.

While the legal aspect of the case is all but certainly over, Familia can still face punishment from Major League Baseball through their domestic violence policy. At this time it is unknown what punishment, if any, awaits the All-star closer. The New York Mets issued a brief statement Thursday saying that they “will await the outcome of MLB’s investigation.”

Familia was arrested in the early hours of October 31st after his wife placed a call to 911 expressing that her husband was intoxicated and behaving erratically. According to a complaint, Rivas had visible injuries that included a scratch to her chest and a right facial bruise.

Familia appeared in 78 games for the Mets registering a 3-4 record while leading the National League with 51 saves. Familia was selected to the All-star team for the first time in his career in 2016.

With the Mets already in desperate need of bullpen help, the uncertainty of Familia’s status for the upcoming season doesn’t leave the Mets with very many options. Do the Mets stick with their “next man up” mentality or do they go out and get a closer to fill in? One name to pay attention to is Sergio Romo, former San Francisco Giants closer and current free agent.

A decision doesn’t seem likely before the end of the year, nonetheless, the Mets and Familia will enter the 2017 season with uncertainties bountiful.