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Jenrry Mejia

New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field in 2015. (Brad Barr)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field in 2015. (Brad Barr)

Suspended relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia and the Mets went through the formality Tuesday of agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,976,000, money he will not ever receive. 

Mejia was given a lifetime ban from baseball last Feb. 12 after his third positive test under the major league drug program. He remains on the Mets roster on the restricted list, and because he has four years of major league service he was eligible for salary arbitration. However, players serving drug suspensions do not get paid. 

Mejia's salary was cut the maximum 20 percent from his $2.47 million salary last year - money he also did not receive. 

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(Scott Kane)

RHP Jenrry Mejia is still a member of the Mets organization, notes Adam Rubin of ESPN. The Mets can release him if they choose, but he's currently costing the team nothing, adds Rubin.Mejia, who was suspended from MLB for life last season due to a third positive PED test, recently began pitching in the Dominican Winter League. He could potentially be reinstated from his lifetime ban after the 2017 season.

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Mets Talk Live: Mejia 00:02:35
The Mets Talk Live panel discusses Jenrry Mejia's decision to appeal his third suspension and if he has a chance at winning.

Former Mets closer Jenrry Mejia wants to challenge the agreement he made not to appeal his third positive drug test, which led to a lifetime ban from baseball.

Banned on Feb. 12, Mejia spoke at a news conference Friday in the office of one of his new lawyers. They accused Major League Baseball of orchestrating his third positive test because Mejia refused to implicate another individual, whom they would not identify, in the use of performance-enhancing drugs. MLB denies the allegations.

Mejia was suspended for 80 games last April 11 following a positive test for Stanozolol, a drug popular among bodybuilders, and now admits he did take a banned substance then. He returned July 12, appeared in seven games for New York, then was suspended for 162 games on July 28 after a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone.

Major League Baseball issued the following statement:

"As we have said before, no representatives of Major League Baseball met or spoke with Jenrry Mejia regarding any of his drug violations. In fact, MLB coordinates all 40-man roster player interviews with the MLBPA and they are present at the interview as the player's union representative.

Sadly, the comments made by Mr. Mejia and his representatives today continue a pattern of athletes hiring aggressive lawyers and making wild, unsupported allegations about the conduct of others in an effort to clear their names. Mr. Mejia's record demonstrates that he was a repeated user of banned performance-enhancing substances. As such, per our collectively bargained rules, he has no place as an active player in the game today."
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Jenrry Mejia, who received a permanent suspension on Feb. 12 for his third positive test for steroids, told Ben Berkon of the New York Times that Major League Baseball led a "conspiracy" against him (Mar. 4).

He claims he was told by MLB that if he appealed his second suspension, the league would find a way to give him a third positive result.

"I felt there was a conspiracy against me, Mejia said. "I feel that they were trying to find something to bring me down in my career." 

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Reporters spoke with Mets manager Terry Collins on Friday and he said...

  • Jenrry Mejia used extremely bad judgment and his permanent suspension for steroid use was very disappointing.
  • Collins will sit down with 3B David Wright next week and speak about the plan for this season in terms of managing Wright's spinal stenosis.
  • The Mets will slow Wright down a bit during Spring Training so fatigue doesn't set in.
  • Collins noticed the huge fan turnout on Friday and thought it was great.
  • The players were told to take it easy early on in Spring Training to avoid injuries.
  • The Mets don't yet know how the starting pitching depth chart will shake out beyond the five known starters.
  • Travis d'Arnaud will ordinarily play three days in a row before getting a day off most times during the regular season.
  • As far as Kevin Plawecki, Collins said the biggest thing for him is working well with the pitchers.  

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Mets closer Jeurys Familia said he has not spoken to his friend Jenrry Mejia, since Mejia was banned from baseball following a third positive PED test.

Familia said that while he still considers Mejia his friend, he said that rules are rules.

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Matt Harvey said, though the Mets haven't approached him about it, he hasn't "shied away" from the possibility of signing an extension >> Read more

Curtis Granderson reported to Spring Training and said his surgically repaired left thumb is healed >> Read more

Ruben Tejada has not spoken with Chase Utley, and said he'd like to see a new rule to protect second basemen who are turning double plays >> Read more

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Jenrry Mejia (58) throwing at Spring Training last season. (Brad Barr)
Jenrry Mejia (58) throwing at Spring Training last season. (Brad Barr)

Jenrry Mejia's PED use, which has now led to an MLB lifetime ban, may have cost him roughly $47 million in future contract earnings, according to Tom Verducci of Sports Ilustrated.

The Mets still have control over Mejia and have the ability to tender him a contract after this season, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post notes (Feb. 15). 

However, Mejia has already missed the chance to appeal his suspension, meaning the earliest he'd be eligible to return to the majors is 2018.

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( Adam Hunger)

RH reliever Jenrry Mejia was suspended for a third time due to steroids, resulting in a permanent ban from Major League Baseball >> Read more

Mets GM Sandy Alderson discussed last season, his battle with cancer, and expectations for 2016 >> Read more

LHP Steven Matz is hoping for a healthy season in 2016 >> Read more

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Mejia gets permanent suspension 00:03:15
Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia tested positive for Boldenone which is his third violation and has received a permanent suspension from baseball.

Mets RHP Jenrry Mejia became the first player to receive a permanent suspension related to performance-enhancing substances after he violated his third drug test.

MLB suspended Mejia, 26, for life after he tested positive for Boldenone.

"We were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the Mets said in a statement. "We fully support MLB's policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport. As per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension."

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Tom, a reader of MetsBlog: Will Jenrry Mejia be eligible to pitch in the postseason this year? I recall he wouldn't have been able to pitch last year prior because it was his second offense. So, I was curious if that would be the case in 2016?



He'll be in camp this spring, and able to return from suspension after July 26. According to a recent AP report, yes, despite the suspension, he will be eligible to pitch during the postseason in 2016. However, he can't if he's suspended again...

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New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field. (Aaron Doster/USATSI)
New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field. (Aaron Doster/USATSI)

The Mets avoided arbitration with fist baseman Lucas Duda and reliever Jenrry Mejia by reaching settlements on Friday night, according to Jon Heyman.

Duda, who earned $4.2 million last season, agreed to a $6.725 million deal, above the midpoint between the Mets' offer and his, according to Heyman. Last season, Duda, 29, hit .244 with 27 home runs and 73 RBIs in 135 games.

Mejia, who is still serving his second suspension for use of performance-enhancing substances, settled at $2.47 million, which is a small cut from the $2.595 million he earned in 2015. His salary will be prorated until his suspension ends in July.

Mejia pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings in seven appearances last year. In 2014, he recorded 28 saves and a 3.65 ERA, striking out 98 batters in 93 2/3 innings.

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Lucas Duda, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia, Addison Reed, Ruben Tejada, Carlos Torres, and Neil Walker all filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday (Jan. 12).

The Mets had tendered contracts to all of the above players (except for Walker, who was later acquired from the Pirates in exchange for Jon Niese) on Dec. 2.

If the Mets are unable to agree to contracts with any or all of the above players, their salary will be determined by an arbitrator in February.

In the case of Mejia, while he's projected to earn roughly $2.5 million this coming season, his salary will be prorated due to the suspension that will keep him out until late-July.

Tags: Addison Reed, Carlos Torres, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Ruben Tejada, Danny Abriano


The Mets will have 135 New York City school children to Citi Field this afternoon for lunch, presents and a visit from Santa at their annual Kids Holiday Party.

Mets LHP Steven Matz will play the role of Santa Claus, while manager Terry Collins, newly acquired second baseman Neil Walker, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mr. Met will help out with the festivities.

Matz, Collins and Walker are expected to speak with reporters after the event.

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The Mets tendered contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players, including SS Ruben Tejada and RHP Jenrry Mejia >> Read more

Along with the Mets, the Nationals, Dodgers, and Giants remain possible landing spots for free agent IF/OF Ben Zobrist >> Read more

The Mets still have interest in free agent OF Dexter Fowler >> Read more

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The Mets have tendered contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players, the team announced on Wednesday.

That list consists of Matt Harvey, Ruben Tejada, Jenrry Mejia, Lucas Duda, Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed, Carlos Torres and Josh Edgin.

The Mets had until midnight tonight to decide whether to tender contracts to their players under team control.

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Mets Hot Stove: Ben Zobrist 00:05:34
The Mets Hot Stove panel discuss whether the Mets will sign Ben Zobrist and the impact he could have on the team.

The Mets are interested in free agent IF/OF Ben Zobrist, but are unlikely to sign him if he winds up getting a four-year contract >> Read more

The Mets are planning to tender a contract to RHP Jenrry Mejia, who was suspended twice this past season for steroid use, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported >> Read more

The Mets awarded full playoff shares worth more than $300,000 each to 44 players >> Read more

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I've been on the road, so we're going to skip the game-by-game stuff to point out three or so things by affiliate that I care about right now.

1. Cesar Puello is not just hitting, he's walking a little. After drawing one walk in an 18-game stretch from June 8th through July 7th, Puello has drawn seven free passes in his last 12 games while hitting .395/.491/.581 with seven walks, only eight strikeouts and a .444 BABIP in those dozen contests. Obviously, he cannot run a .444 BABIP in the big leagues, but the 8/7 K/BB sure seems like progress for the 22-year-old. He also had four doubles in his last three games over the weekend in New Britain. Puello is leading the Eastern League in batting average, (.332), fifth in on-base percentage (.401), second in slugging (.571) and tied for fourth in homers (16), and is third in stolen bases (23). More or less, the thing keeping him from AAA was his strike zone control.

I wonder at this point whether the Mets will promote Puello to AAA at all this year. The AA B-Mets are going to the playoffs, and are 11 games up in first while the AAA Las Vegas 51s are 0.5 games behind Tucson. His time in Double-A appears to have been very productive developmentally. More to the point, it looks like his game is still evolving as his recent K/BB shows.

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