The New York Mets have tendered a contract for relief pitche Jenrry Mejia, a pitcher who has failed to consecutive drug tests in the same season. The Mets will be able to have him back in late July much like in his first suspension in 2015. 99 games remain on his second suspension and he will be eligible for the postseason. Mejia was signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 2007 making his debut in 2010 and has a career ERA over five years of 3.68. In 2014 Jenrry was the Mets closer and even had himself a signature stomp whenever he got a save. With all that being said was it really worth it for the Mets to tender a contract and effectively give Jenrry Mejia a third chance? We all know what was one of the weak points of the Mets postseason run and that was the bullpen. The Mets have tendered the contract of Addison Reed and signed former Milwaukee Brewers closer Jim Henderson to a minor-league contract. The Mets still have Hansel Robles and Jeurys Familia from their 2015 team but it will need some changes for it to be successful in 2016. Mejia is a safe bet only because of the price tag, if he plays at the level he played at when he was a closer for the Mets, then the Mets will have the steal of the off-season.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, the amount the Mets will owe Mejia should not be more than $1 million making that fairly reasonable especially if Mejia can return to form and prove that his career was not successful because of the performance-enhancing drug. The New York Mets need to continue to look for pieces in the bullpen and ultimately not have to rely on Mejia come August. Players like Jerry Blevins on a return, Darren O'Day, or even like left-hander Tony Sipp. Josh Edgin and Sean Gilmartin are guys that the Mets will have including newly added onto the 40 man roster, Josh Smoker, all of which are left-handed pitchers, Smoker, was the 31st overall draft pick in 2007 by the Washington Nationals and injuries riddled his minor league career before the New York Mets signed him after a season in the Frontier League and had a good season making it up to Double A Binghampton. The Mets definitely have options within their organization however when it comes to the postseason you would like to have a veteran that knows that he can get the job done, Mejia would fit that role but the question will be will he pitch next season at all.
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