1) According to league rules, in the event Jenrry Mejia is optioned to the minors, he cannot be added to the big-league roster until April 10.
2) Sandy Alderson gave Daisuke Matsuzaka $100,000 on Tuesday to keep him from opting out of his current minor-league contract. The alternative would have been to save the money and guarantee Dice-K a spot on the big-league roster. Instead, they paid money to delay making a final decision.
3) Matsuzaka can be sent to the minors after accepting the $100,000 retention bonus, but league rules state he can opt out again if he’s not on the big-league roster by May 30.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
These points lead me to think Mejia will get at least one big-league start during the first week of the regular season, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s won the competition to be the team’s fifth starting pitcher all season. It just may be the best way to manage the roster right now, given rules and rights by the league, while giving Alderson options in case Jon Niese isn’t ready or someone else gets injured.