Jenrry Mejia 7

Mejia won’t pitch in relief, fifth starter announced at noon

Sandy Alderson said that Jenrry Mejia will not pitch in relief for the Mets (DiComo, March 25).

Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to be the fifth starter, which would send Mejia to the Triple-A Las Vegas rotation. Alderson said the final fifth starter announcement will be made around 12 p.m. on Tuesday (Diamond, March 25).

Matsuzaka is slated to pitch Saturday in Montreal (Ackert, March 25).




80 comments
Tom Buckel
Tom Buckel

This team makes no sense a guy on this team for all of spring training has 39 abs; scored 1 rbi and had a .279 obs which is 29th on the team AND comitted the most errors on the team at ss and he makes the starting roster. HOW AFTER LAST SEASON IS IT STILL HIS JOB TO LOOSE?

loyalfan
loyalfan

I get why everyone is mad that Mejia isnt going to be the 5th starter and is getting sent down and at first I was mad too, but if you look at the big picture it makes sense. Dice-K is nothing more than insurance for the first couple of months then if he is pitching well he will be traded. Mejia needs to be sent down so he can build up his innings and and prove he can even stay healthy. I love mejia and want him in the rotation but it makes sense for him to be sent down. Dice-k has some trade value right now so if he continues to pitch well you would be suprised what other Gms would give up for him. 

Chad Snaider
Chad Snaider

2015: Harvey. Wheeler. Syndergard, Niese, Mejia, Montero., Gee.   wonder who will get the final 2 rotation spots. whoever does, this will be a great rotation for years to come.

ReneNYG1
ReneNYG1

Meja needs inings so sending him down for two months so we can save him from arbitration is the obvious move,Diceman has also earn it and showcasing him  might be a nice flip later with Colon for a young prospect.

ponzies86
ponzies86

Mejia deserve the 5th spot! 

crafalko17
crafalko17

Mejia becomes arb eligible if he doesn't sit the first 30 days of the season. Dice-K leaves if he isn't up for the first month. It really is a no-brainer. Mejia will be up whenever some1 is struggling, but keeping an extra year of control as well as seeing if Dice-K has any value makes too much sense. Plus Dice-K has pitched well.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

2015 is Harvey, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Colon, and Syndergaard with Montero waiting in the wings and if Torres continues to stick, him too.  (likely Colon gets moved at trade deadline 2014...yes, i know)


2014  is Colon, Niese, Wheeler, Gee and Daisuke...Syndergaard in June....


Smells to me like Mejia just became trade bait. And if Black can't turn it around so is he...or if he does turn it around then maybe Familia is on the trade block.   and in related news...Ike, Duda and Tejada should continue to watch their backs too.  


Young pitching now for a SS; experienced pitching at deadline for...whatever Sandy can fleece another team for.  To paraphrase Carlos Beltran from 9 years ago....Welcome to "The New Mets"....

cj1786
cj1786

I don't really see what the big deal about the Mets keeping Matsuzaka over Mejia for the time being.  The only reason everyone gives when asked why they'd rather have Mejia on the team is that they'd rather see Mejia pitch that Matsuzaka or they want to 'see what Majia can do".  Well I would too, but that doesn't make it the right move.  If Matsuzaka is pitching well, which it looks like he is, then he should get the spot.  I would think you always keep the veteran if he's pitching well and keep the young guy behind him as insurance, since you can't do it the other way around.  If they put Mejia in there and he gets hurt or struggles Matsuzaka is not there to back him up since he's likely gone if he doesn't make the team.  Its not costing the team anything if he pitches well.  Its Mejia we are talking about.  Its not like the Mets are sending Zack Wheeler down to make room for Matsuzaka. 

sylow59
sylow59

since 12:00pm is after 9:38am then shouldn't it be: "will be announced", or "to be announced", ...  ? 

paulio
paulio

We can debate who should get the fifth spot, but I cringe every time someone starts talking about Mejia in the bullpen. This is great news!

Ricky Tan
Ricky Tan

It will be Dice-K for the reason Gary and Keith talked about during the game yesterday: Mejia is eligible for arbitration if he's called up before the second month of the season or something like that.

John Cross
John Cross

Let Mejia get some minor league time in and come up when we need another arm. Dice-K will be serviceable for at least the beginning of the season.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

I am always looking for the youngsters to do well and take the jobs from the veterans (have been since the 60s when I followed the Youth of America). But I'm actually okay with a decision to send Mejia to AAA to join up with Syndergaard, Montero and deGrom. I have really liked his stuff and would like to see him be the fifth starter. But if the decision is in favor of Dice-K I'm okay. Due to injuries, Mejia hasn't had a lot of innings. Go to AAA and build up innings/arm strength. Come June, we'll see how everything shakes out. It would be much better for Mejia's development than going to the bullpen. Let everyone have a chance to do well as a starter and see what the trade deadline brings.

grandpamet
grandpamet

The news that Mejia will not pitch out of the pen is way more important than who the 5th starter is at the outset of the season

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I don't believe I have ever seen a team so pro-actively throw in the towel on a season.  Between the obsession with Super 2, which is travesty and should be changed immediately, the failure to fill cavernous gaps in the lineup via trade or FA signings (shortstop, first base),  the willingness to "play out the string" with over-the-hill, wash-up and burned out veterans like Dice K....the Mets aren't even disguising the fact that they're giving their fans the middle finger in 2014.


And to anyone who thinks that the Mets are hoping that Dice K will pitch well and be dangled as trade bait, may I suggest that you put down the bottle and sober up.  There are precious few teams who would gamble on him if they got him for nothing, let alone part with an asset to acquire him.  


Dice K was less awful-more tolerable in his last few starts with the Mets last season.  As most experts will tell you, disregard what happens in April or September, they're throw away months for most teams.  In April John Buck was Johnny Bench, in September, Dice K didn't completely suck.  It's nothing to get your hopes up about.


Any rumors about the team being sold?  If not, let's start some.

daphotography
daphotography

@AVSNY Mejia is a starter. If he doesn't make the 5th spot, he has every right not to pitch in relief. Why mess up his routines?

Sam Mack
Sam Mack

No to Dice-Bum give Mejia the job now he's finally healthy we all been hearing about his potential,lets see what he can do all year on MLB roster.The Mets screwed his health under Minaya!!!

ponzies86
ponzies86

@dreamer3kx  He only has 1 good game this Spring Training 

72tilltc
72tilltc

@C.K. Dexter Haven  who has he fleeced not Travis D a bust Wheeler a 4th starter Noah S. couldnt crack this rotation. 

72tilltc
72tilltc

@Ricky Tan  so we would rather lose games then arbitration to a home grown hardworking pitcher injured as a result of this teams bufoonery.

slainte2
slainte2

why would pitching innings in minor leagues work to "build up innings/arm strength" but pitching those same innings in MLB be unwisely spending the limited innings he will have?  he won't add 2014 innings by going to Vegas, he will just be throwing them in minors.

Keith Allen-Verdi
Keith Allen-Verdi

@grandpamet  


At least they just did one stupid thing instead of two..that's the most you can ask from Sandy and the FO..so yea Mejia not in relief is a relief 

stemog
stemog

@Sam Mack I'd put money on it that if Dice-K were available yesterday he'd be pitching for the Braves with their shortage of starters. So a good organization like they have could sign guys like him or Harang, but ours can't? I'm missing something here or is it just haters here hating on everything Mets? Mejia is on an innings limit and we want him in the rotation now? I know it's all about avoiding the super 2 status, we all know that. Let him go to Vegas and make a few 5-inning starts and if he stays healthy he can come up in June or whenever the cutoff is. If we start him in the majors now and he struggles or gets hurt again, then we don't have him or Dice-K. Then what? Bring up Montero or Syndergaard earlier when they're on pitch counts, too? I'm not a Dice-K supporter, but the plan does make sense. Plus we all know Niese will go to the DL at some point, so we essentially need Dice-K and Lannan.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Chad Snaider  Personally?  Screw the Super 2/arbitration eligibility clock.  Start the season with both Thor AND Montero.  But then again, that's why i'm not GM.  Maybe Montero as a September call up, but I've never gotten the impression they have him on the same schedule as Syndergaard...or maybe Sandy is just going to stick to his guns and extend these guys the same way.  I think he's definitely in Sandy's plans for this rotation though..

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@wingo43  You're right...then again.  i'm not trying to be GM.  Just what i saw.  If you see something different, please...enlighten me as to why Sandy would CHOOSE to give more money to Daisuke, when he's got a younger, cheaper better upside option in Mejia?

sylow59
sylow59

@Steven Matregrano

He just didn't type a sentance?  He gets paid to write one or two paragraqphs a day.  There is some kind of error in nearly every post and the grammar is childlike.  Check of the timeline on the Niese post, May?  Does that mean May and March are the same thing?

Adam Porte
Adam Porte

@72tilltc @Ricky TanHaving Dice-K start isn't the team accepting losses. Dice-K had a really good end to the season last year and has pitched well this Spring. They're in a no lose situation, they get to extend their control over Mejia (who will have an innings limit this year anyway) and have a pitcher who looks to have the stuff to win games.

Adam Porte
Adam Porte

@Ken Thall @MacacawitzHow can you possibly describe his last 4 outings as 'tolerable'? 26 1/3 innings pitched, 13 hits, 4 walks and 4 earned runs. If that's 'tolerable' then I'd like to know your definition of good!

Chad Snaider
Chad Snaider

Exactly, Stemog you're spot on.  Dice-K is not in the future plans, he is just a short term solution. everyone stop complaining, syndergard, montero and mejia will all be up at some point this year. And i think Dice-K doesn't have to be great, he just has to be decent which i think he can be, By june or July, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, syndergard, mejia, or montero.(maybe colon traded at deadline). That sounds great to me. 

72tilltc
72tilltc

@crafalko17  @Will Keesee  Wheeler is fleecing the Nationals. That is if your definition is walking the park falling behind in the count and then grooving fastballs. Oh Travis D framing those pitches nicely. Dont ever question me if i say Wheeler is a 4th it is because i am being an optimistic Met fan. You super 2 morons should play the game and not video fantasy crap. I am laughing at how stupid you guys are.....

72tilltc
72tilltc

@crafalko17 @72tilltc @Will Keesee  Sorry i want the best players on the field I dont worry about the cost because it doesnt lower ticket prices cable costs or signing free agents. Because if it did tickets would b $5 all games would be broadcast for free and we would have signed every free agent available. It is a lie so i prefer to watch oung kids and hope they mature and we get lucky and win despite our owners. Like 86 and 2000

crafalko17
crafalko17

@72tilltc @crafalko17@Will KeeseeYes, an extra year of a player over 2 months. I am looking at the long-term prospects of this team and everything they have done with their prospects make sense. You are so extreme and childish it's sad.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@crafalko17 @72tilltc @Will Keesee  Control!!!!!! lets root for control and payroll you are a loser. Play your fantasy baseball control your prospects. Willpeepee you are not intelligent.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@72tilltc @crafalko17@Will KeeseeRight because Harvey didn't make the roster 2 years ago and that Wheeler didn't make the roster last year are whole reflections of  what his expectations are for them. TdA was traded for 2 Cy Young award winners and is STILL the top catching prospect in baseball.  Beltran was going to be a FA that season and the Mets knew and SA got a top 10 prospect in BASEBALL back for him.

You have no idea what you are talking about, what the idea of control is, or the concept that this game is also a business. Nice massive wall of text by the way, try hitting the enter key at some point. The fact that you consider a person's place of residence as a reflection of who they are or their level of success is rather hilarious as well. Shoo fly, don't bother me.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@crafalko17 @Will Keesee @72tilltc  First of all you need to refer to the fact that I responded to the comment that Sandy is fleeces other GM's. The fact is he never has. Other than Trading for and away Rickey Henderson his deals are nothing to  speak of. In fact his best acquisition was Jose Rijos and he was too stupid to keep him. Pagan For Torres was horrible Carrasco Batista Ankiel are not Fleeces they are stupid. However, wait till next year idiots like yourself are counting prospects and think we are stockpiling them. Travis D cant catch and he cant hit he was traded twice I think he is a bust I wish that he would miraculously find it I just don't see it. The passed balls are infuriating. We traded a Cy Young for him Noah S should have made the team if he is a future star the fact that he couldn't beat out Dice K is telling. Fernandez of the Marlins Doc etc are examples of phenoms that force their way onto a roster . The fact that he has not is evidence if you know what that means. Wheeler is a 4th starter Harvey is 1 Colon is 2 Gee is three Niese is a 4 Mejia is 3 or 4 and Wheeler will be lucky to slot into a 4th spot which isnt bad . But to say we fleeced SF for him is absurd Beltran has put up 400 RBI and playoff WS appearances since the trade and still going strong. So it is not to early to say he hasnt fleeced anyone Sandy owns the record for the longest losing streak in the history of GM's going from his last 5 in Oakland to his run with the Mets . He wasnt a Gm in San Diego in anticipation of your ignorant response. To Carrasco 17 you are a loser who lives in NJ.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

C.K.Because he will save 10 times that amount by delaying Mejia's arbitration and F A by a year.You have to look at the big picture.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@Adam Porte If you think Dice K will win more games then Mejia would then its a win any thing less is a loss why do you care about arbitration if these idiots are willing to pay Terry Collins anything more than $25,000 or Colon $20,000,000.

grandpamet
grandpamet

@Adam Porte @Ken Thall @Macacawitz  Does it get tiring complaining so much?  And April and September arent throw away months, why? because theyre at the start and end of the season? huh? 

Well actually youre right, September was a throw away month for the mets from 2007-2008! Yikes, I'll show myself out...