Mets likely to tender Jenrry Mejia a contract for 2016
Jenrry Mejia was suspended twice for violating the league’s joint drug agreement for using performance enhancing drugs in 2015.
His first suspension cost him the first three months of the season. His second violation suspended him for 162 games in late July, making him ineligible to return until late July, 2016.
He appeared in only seven games for the Mets in 2015, going 1-0 while allowing only four hits in 7 1/3 innings.
But the Mets clearly still see value in having Mejia on the club when he is eligible to return next season. So much so they intend to retain him for the 2016 and will not cut him loose before the non-tender deadline on Wednesday, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
The questions surrounding Mejia is what he will be after missing most of the previous two seasons, and what a clean Mejia might be at the Major League level. In addition, the team will have every right to question Mejia’s honesty and ability to stay clean following two very swift suspensions in 2015.
There would also be a question about how his presence might go over in the clubhouse next season. Mejia grossly disappointed his teammates with his actions, with players, the manager and general manager being very open and honest with how they felt about the situation. And of course Mejia has to replace someone on the active roster when he is activated next July, which could pose another internal issue as well.
Mejia was due to earn $2.6 million in his first season of arbitration eligibility in 2015, but he only received a prorated portion for the days he was active on the roster.
Whatever salary he and the club might agree to this winter – and it cannot be less than 80 percent of his 2015 salary – he would only be paid a prorated sum of that amount for the days he is not on the restricted list, or about 40 percent of the agreed upon salary.
Mejia will be eligible for the postseason if the Mets qualify in 2016.
Mejia has been pitching in the Dominican Winter League, and has been up and down in seven starts for Los Tigres del Licey. He’s 1-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 33 innings, allowing 37 hits and eight walks with 20 strikeouts.