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Jenrry Mejia could land in bullpen

Jenrry Mejia is in the competition for the fifth starter in the rotation, but if he loses out, he could find himself pitching out of the bullpen.

Terry Collins said Mejia could land in the bullpen if a pitcher likes Daisuke Matsuzaka or John Lannan beats him out for the last rotation spot.

Mejia appeared in five games with the Mets in 2013, posting a 2.30 ERA and 1.171 WHIP over 27 1/3 innings. He has 32 relief appearances in the majors under his belt, with a 3.23 ERA and 1.565 WHIP. He last pitched in relief in 2012, with the bulk coming way back in 2010.

He went on the disabled list late in the 2013 season and had surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow.

75 comments
billysuede
billysuede

that's a great idea for a guy coming off elbow surgery... 

Noah Baron
Noah Baron

Why does Terry Collins love terrible players and hate productive ones?  If it was up to him, we would have Quintanilla at shortstop, Eric Young Jr. in left field, Rick Ankiel in center, John Buck at catcher, John Lannon and Daisuke freaking Matsuzaka in the rotation, while actually somewhat productive players like Jennry Mejia, Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, and Chris Young rot in the minors/bench.


I mean, he hasn't done anything ridiculous enough yet  to get fired, but the man's IQ is approaching single digits.

hashburry
hashburry

Collins needs to just shut up.  Hasn't he realized yet his opinion doesn't count?

cver
cver

He also wants to sign Beltran to be our new starting catcher.  Remember how when Alderson signed, he talked about how the Mets were going to become a lot smarter?  I was gong to say that if it came to it, the union should get involved or his agent, but doubt anything would come of it.  Well, if Boras was his agent, it might help.  Boras got Beltran his surgery and eventually, which I guess the Mets would have waited until midseason 2010 to deal with and hurt him even more.  For those that don't know the background on Mejia (I guess, most of you do), Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel were trying to save their jobs by bringing Mejia up for a bullpen job and then, sent him back to the minors to start again and injured him, so he needed the surgery.  And now, that he is coming back after several years and has stated that he wants to start quite emphatically to the press, Collins says this.  And, of course, it's to give the vets their due.  Experience and loyalty should be taken into account with older players, but there is no need for loyalty to these two pitchers and well, sure, they both could be good.  But what is the point of having all this young pitching, if we are neither going to trade them for the parts that we do need nor let them play at the ML level and prosper.  We are hearing about Syndegaard having an innings limit.  Why waste that on Vegas?!  By the time he comes up, we might be already half-way out of it.  If we brought him and Montero up right away, trade Niese for Reyes, we have both a better chance shortterm and longterm.

sell
sell

I hate you, Terry Collins.  There should be no chance that Dice K or Lannan beat out Mejia.  He has more talent.  He has more upside.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Geez enough with Mejia in the bullpen. I think I've literally cringed at just about everything Collins has said the last few weeks.

gloveman
gloveman

This just in! Mets and Alderson think Granderson could get some time at 1st base, and d'Arnoud may play some outfield. Sandy says " you can never have enough versatility on your team". Terry echoes Sandy's comments! And then offers that Mejia has the arm and build to play shortstop, and his speed may work out of the leadoff spot.  

metstastic
metstastic

It makes sense. I fully expect Mejia to be the 5th starter. However, he is coming back from surgery. Anything can happen. If he regresses or can't come back this spring, I would send him to AAA rather than jerk him around in the pen.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

I really liked Mejia's stuff last season. I thought he looked Pedro-Martinez-like.

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

Rather see him start but always thought with injuries he would be a good closer but that never went well when they tried it in AAA.


Reality is if they don't move anyone they would have Harvey , Wheeler, Syndergaard, Gee, Niese.............I would deal Colon at the deadline for prospects. So leaves Meija out anyway eventually. Shouldn't look at it that way cause a lot could happen but he would not be bad as a reliever IMO

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

I really don't think Mejia is that good.  In addition to that, I am much higher on Montero, I think Dice-K would be fine for the 5th spot and you wouldn't get anything additional this year from Mejia over Dice-K......and Harvey will be back next year, Syndergaard will be up for the full year next year, and Heffner will be back as well next year.  I also feel Lannan will be in the Pen which would then displace Mejia  anyway.  

We can agree to disagree on anything I just said above, but they have a lot of arms - that's for sure, so they should at least be hyping him up as something special as a starter to then trade him.  They don't need TC to downplay his ability at this time.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Torres as a starter isn't what this article is saying. If Mejia doesn't win the starting rotation spot in ST, the rotation would be Niese, Wheeler, Gee, Colon and Dice-K/Lannan. The ST competition is what this is all about. I hope Mejia wins it, but if he doesn't it becomes a question of sending him to the bullpen or AAA as a starter. Not quite as immediate, but eventually the same question will present itself for deGrom. Then Montero and Syndergaard. When Harvey returns in 2015, it gets even more complicated. Eventually, Gee, Colon and Mejia might become trade chips.

grandymets
grandymets

In other news, Ryan Dempster (due $13.25M this season) was placed on the Restricted List, which means the Red Sox can re-sign Stephen Drew, leaving us with Tejada. 

methead
methead

Dumb.  It failed the first time.  Whats wrong with this team?

Sean Andrew Ingram
Sean Andrew Ingram

Aaron Heilman deuce. 
If Deusike wins 5th spot, put Mejia in Vegas. Quit screwing around with this talented young pitcher, he is a part of our future....Deusike is not!

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

I feel like we've been here before. Have we been here before?

Keith Allen-Verdi
Keith Allen-Verdi

Just shaking my head..why did they bring back TC?..everything this organization does is wrong

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

I thought it was pretty much established that he was a starter, that he didn't work well in relief. Not every pitcher can get up and down, warm up to come in, get passed over for the current game or used for an inning (or tow, or one batter...), then repeat the next day. It's nice to think that you can groom a young pitcher, as many teams do, from the pen up to the rotation. But they don't do that with every pitcher, they can't. I think Mejia is one of those exceptions.


So, while I appreciate the competition for the 5th slot, the Mets need to take a hard look at what will benefit the team in terms of what will create full value, either on the roster or in trade. Putting Mejia in the pen will do neither, unless something in his makeup has changed.

Merrill Needham
Merrill Needham

The big thing to take away from this is that we have a pretty awesome problem to have. We have eight starters competing for five spots. And that's with one of the leagues best waiting to come back from surgery and two young studs working their way up. Now we have solid defense to back them up, which means that each starter has shot to go deeper. This means less bullpen work as well as not having to score five runs a game. Our offense will be better thi year. I'm exited.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Stop. No. What is wrong with this organization????

metsviper
metsviper

@Noah Baron  Meanwhile, players like Duda and Davis aka the DUD boys keep getting chances  to play. While potential 300 hitters like Flores continue to be wasted.

Gland1
Gland1

@cver  what?  could you be more all over the place?

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@sell Even if 1 of them do beat him out he should not be put in the bullpen again after the disaster it was before. He should be starting in AAA to be ready to join the rotation when needed due to injury or failure or what have you.

Ricky
Ricky

@gloveman: For a second there, I thought this was actually true lol

metsviper
metsviper

@metstastic  Mejia can pitch 30 innings of no hit ball and strike out every single batter and still not get the 5th starters job. Once they signed Dice K and Lannan, Mejia's job was gone. Leave it to the Village Idiot in the dogout to carry his masters orders and pitch the "veteran" over the potential ace.

jamets
jamets

I think Mejia and Montero could both easily pass Gee, and maybe Niese, in that pecking order.

metsviper
metsviper

@John Paul Cullinane  First of all, you should noticed that both Lannan and Dice K went unsigned. That means that no other team thought they had much to offer. Even the lowly Mets brought both under minor league contracts. Now, does that suggest they are good or that they are bad?


Now on that other comment, how do you build a player for a trade without playing him? And yes, Mejia can indeed be something special if the Mets don't break his arm again.

jamets
jamets

Except the Red Sox don't rally want Drew.  They would rather get the compenastion pick.

Merrill Needham
Merrill Needham

Check this out

1. Harvey

2. Wheeler

3. Gee

4. Montero

5. Dice k

1. Neise

2. Colon

3. Syndergaard

4. Mejia

5. Lannon

Those are two solid MLB rotations made up of OUR guys.

metsviper
metsviper

@Zach Ripple  It is owned by a Dodger's fan, it is run by a Glorified GM Trifecta and a Senile Imbecile is in the dogout. That's what's wrong with this organization. Almost forgot, they are also broke.

cver
cver

@metsviper @Brian Webster It's looking that way.  So, we have Mejia in the bullpen, Murphy at 1B, EY Jr. at 2B, Flores at SS and 3 centerfielders colliding into each other.  And when one of them gets injured (hope not), Duda takes over.

sell
sell

@metsviper @Brian Webster  No contest.  I wish we had a manager like Clint Hurdle.  Look what he did with a young team in Pittsburg that basically expected to lose every year.  93 wins.

gloveman
gloveman

@Ricky @gloveman  I tried to come up with something as ridiculous as the reports I read here every day !

metsviper
metsviper

@Ricky @gloveman  Give them time and it can become reality. Forgotten is the fact that Mejia's arm needed TJ surgery because he went from starter to reliever to starter again. These idiots never learn. Why else would they allow to pitch with bone spurs last year?


chasesimms
chasesimms

With this team, its not totally impossible. 

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@metsviper @metstastic Same with Juan Lagares. TC has clearly already decided he needs EY at the top of the lineup simply because he can steal bases when he happens to get on and CY was promised like 600ABs and Grandy is clearly going to start so Lagares is the odd man out.

metsviper
metsviper

@Merrill Needham  2014: Colon, Niese, Wheeler, Gee, Mejia.


2015: Harvey, Wheeler, Niese, Syndergaard, Mejia/Montero

grandymets
grandymets

@Merrill Needham  They should do a split squad of 5 games, if only Harvey was healthy. That would be fun to watch.

golflady7
golflady7

And you left off, Heffner. Who was tracking to be a very nice no. 5 starter as well!

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@cver Don't laugh, I think Carlos Beltran still has nightmares about playing in Center Field next to Mike Cameron.

metsviper
metsviper

@Brian Webster  Exactly. First they say that they will build from within. Then when the kids are ready, they sign over the hill veterans to take their spots. 

zoddie
zoddie

@golflady7 deGrom also isn't in that list.  A lot of people have him ending up in the 'pen, but he's only been a starter in the minors and has good stuff.