Mejia

What you need to know about the Dice-K, Mejia and the fifth starter

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.




24 comments
mrmets
mrmets

Pitching doesn't matter------if you cant score, you cant win.

Devan Cleary
Devan Cleary

The Fact that Tejada, whom Alderson and Co. based during the off-season, is starting over Flores shows how incompetent the FO is

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

The best case scenario is that Niese is able to make his scheduled start on 4/6. That way Mejia gets the 5th spot (which is what most fans want) and Dice-K can be stashed in Vegas as insurance.

eric88
eric88

Why isn't Mejia the 5th starter until May 30. By then they know what they have and then bring up Dice K or release him based on Mejia's performance. Seems easy and sensible which probably means the Mets won't do it.

cver
cver

One other thing, that I think "we need to know", that I believe is not insignificant and I might, if I'm correct have the answer to.  How many options does Mejia have left?  Doesn't he only have one more option left?  If that is the case and you bring him up, you only have one more chance to send him down or risk losing him, if I have this all right.  Does anybody know?

hittinglib
hittinglib

Theory:
Mejia starts Game 3 (vs. Nats on the 3rd)
Wheeler starts Game 4 (vs. Reds on the 4th)

That would allow Mejia to pitch on a not-unusual 5 days rest, and allow the Mets to give Wheeler a 'simulated start' on Sunday, his normal day to pitch after yesterday's start, and still keep him on normal rest for his first start of the season.

That would also avoid having Zack face the Nats yet again.

exileinla
exileinla

So Mejia is on the roster, targetted for game 4.  There will be 3 other starters (Gee - Game 1, Game 5 (b/c of off day after Opening Day), Colon (Game 2), Wheeler (Game 3)) on the MLB roster, with DiceK in AAA to start the season (and only 11 pitchers on the MLB roster).  Before game 6, assuming no rainouts before then, the Mets will have to remove a position player to activate either Niese or DiceK to start. 

If Mejia thrives, and everyone else stays healthy & suceeds, DiceK is in AAA thru May.  Otherwise, he gets the call. 

This is all nice -- but our SS & 1B situations still $uck...

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

it is bad enough you have 1 now we have to carry both. 2 left hand hitting first base guys that can play nowhere else. makes no sense.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

carrying Duda and Davis already shows a lost season. it doesn't matter who gets the job.

Kevin Scott
Kevin Scott

Point 2 is incorrect.  Like I have said before, the Mets play 5 consecutive days from April 2 to April 6.  This means that a 5th starter will be needed no later than April 6.  It is a very simple thing to figure out, I have no idea why this website gets it wrong every March/April.  Please stop spreading this misinformation.  A fifth starter is needed on either April 5th or April 6 depending on if they want to keep Gee on his regular rest.

Howie Avery
Howie Avery

Give the kid the spot and lets see what he can be.  Dice K is not part of the 2015 - 2018 Playoff contending Mets so what is the point in him getting the starts over someone that could be or could prove himself and be traded for a different piece.

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

Your projected 2014 New York Mets starters:

Eric Young - National League Stolen Base leader!

Daniel Murphy - Career .290 Batting Average!

David Wright - Mets Captain and Premier player!

Curtis Granderson - Pelted 43 Homers in 2012!

Chris Young - 91 RBIs in 2010!

Lucas Duda / Ike Davis - Both capable of hitting 20+HRs, in the same season!

Travis d'Arnaud - The human backstop!

Ruben Tejada - Batted .289 in 2012!


With players like these, the rest of the National League must be shaking in their pants!!!

And we haven't even discussed Mets pitching yet!

slainte2
slainte2

sorry to be dense, but i don't get it ... i thought they didn't make a decision on fifth starter yet, just bought time in case they need them both?  if Neise is looking good for 4/6, why can't they stash Mejia in Vegas instead of Dice?


And if Mejia can't come up after being optioned to AAA for at least 10 days, why would Dice be able to come up sooner?

Son of Harley
Son of Harley

I think this is actually what the Mets have in mind as long as Niese is healthy enough to start on 4/6. If not, they will have to promote Dice-K early and essentially make him the 5th starter. Mejia would end up getting caught in the numbers game and sent to AAA after Niese returns.

jamets
jamets

You are correct that Mejia has one option left.  But an option applies to the entire season.  That means the Mets can send Mejia up and down as many times as want until the end of the season.  Then he will be out of options and in future seasons would have to clear waivers to be sent down.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Howie Avery So the Mets can avoid Mejia reaching Super 2 status which could be the difference between him making $500K or $3M next season.

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

@Lets Go Mets! I like the optimism, but poor Curtis Granderson, being pelted by all of those home runs, instead of belting them! :-)

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Lets Go Mets!  I noticed that you have stitches in your head.  That must be awful.  Rumor has it that people keep bludgeoning you with a bat.  That type of behavior is completely unacceptable and must be stopped immediately.  I'll preface my remaining comments by saying first that none of this is your fault, no one deserves to be treated that way.  That said, it doesn't help the situation to spout nonsense.  It compromises your credibility and makes you a target.  I believe you mean well, but you have to examine your own deluded behavior too.  I just want the best for everyone. 

xplr
xplr

@Lets Go Mets!  If you were posting this on a blog concerning stocks, you would be indicted for security fraud.

greekgod
greekgod

@Lets Go Mets!  This is a sin....a shame......a sham......criminal.....a stick in an eye......Lets go Mutts.

cver
cver

@jamets Hey thanks.  Totally surprised by that and researched it a bit and seems you are absolutely correct.  So, we have a lot more leeway with him than I thought.  That said, I sure hope he gets a fair shake, as he has earned it in that his has performed well, payed his dues and really got the runaround and seems to have done everything he could to succeed, while not badmouthing the team, which if anyone had a right to do it, it would be him.  Very different than Harvey in that way.  I give this kid a lot of credit and glad that he is getting serious consideration, as of now.