Jenrry Mejia, that will be the very last time I mention him by his full name. Three strikes and you're out, I can't say I am too surpised; however with that being said i'll say a few things about Mejia but I will move on to a much more important topic, what impact does it have on the Mets and should the Mets look to sign a reliever on the eve of pitchers and catchers reporting.
Let's begin with Mejia...
Mejia was the closer in 2014 who was then caught using performance enhancing drugs before opening day of 2015, ultimately leaving a void in the closer's role, I personally was not worried because I knew that Jeurys Familia was going to be a good closer once adjusted to the role. Familia didn't need adjusting as he took the ball and ran with it. With the additions of Antonio Bastardo in free agency the Mets get that 2nd solid lefty out of the pen, add the return of Jerry Blevins even at half of what he was in 2015 will suffice with Antonio Bastardo in the pen. Addison Reed and Familia in the back end of the rotation makes it one of the better bullpens. So does Mejia's ban mean anything to the Mets?
To me, I think Mejia is simply a memory and nothing more, the Mets were fully prepared for life without him at the beginning of the season. As of right now, the bullpen consists of Familia, Reed, Bastardo, Blevins, Logan Verrett who can spot start, and Erik Goedell.
The last time I checked, with the exception of Goedell's outing against the Dodgers in the NLDS, those guys did a pretty good job. But wait, there's more, let's not forget the recovering Josh Edgin who's arm could gain some velocity from his Tommy John surgery. Edgin's fastball topped out at aroun 94 MPH prior to his injury and yes, he struggled with control, all of this is very fixable, I think you'll have solid relief pitching depth in the minor leagues, Edgin, Robles, Morris, Alvarez, Gilmartin, and the very interesting Josh Smoker could ultimatley be the bullpen for the Las Vegas 51's to start the season, even in the PCL that's gonna be tough for hitters to work against. Now ultimatley you don't want to rely on rookies to get big major league outs, but having these options and four of the six mentioned have mowed down a few big time bats, is not bad. So do the Mets make a trade for a relief pitcher to let Edgin recover more in Las Vegas, to have Robles be groomed to be the closer incase Familia goes down to injury, and also to be mature with Wally as his skip, for Akeel Morris and Dario Alvarez's progression and seasoning, and for Gilmartin's transition to a long relief 6th starter? I say it doesn't hurt but you would be doing that in July not March. The candidates would be fairly a small amount, the Mets would be looking for a back of the bullpen pitcher to pitcher with Reed, Bastardo, and Familia. Who could joining the Mets bullpen at the deadline? The man might just be on the Major League staff currently. Fun times ahead fans. Stay Tuned