Mejia has received a lifetime ban from the MLB after testing positive for PEDs for the third time, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Mejia was already going to miss most of 2016 while serving his 162-game suspension following his second positive PED test. Now, the Dominican Republic native joins Pete Rose as the only two living players on the MLB's banned list. The right-handed reliever had a 3.68 ERA over his five-year MLB career. At the age of 25, he still has his prime years ahead of him, but will now have to look for employment in another league.
Mejia agreed to a one-year, $2.47 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Mejia won't play for the majority of 2016 after receiving a 162-game suspension for a second positive test for performance-enhancing drugs in late July. As a result, he will earn less in his second year of arbitration than he did in his first. The 26-year-old should once again serve in a late-inning relief role when eligible, but it's unclear what kind of shape he'll be in after missing a good chunk of two straight seasons.
The Mets tendered contracts to all eight of their arbitration-eligible players, including Mejia (suspension), before Thursday's deadline, ESPN New York reports. Mejia, who is in the midst of his second PED suspension, will miss the first 99 games of 2016, for which he will not be paid. He is projected to make $2.6 million in arbitration and will get a chance to fill a late-inning role for the Mets.
Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia was suspended 162 games for another positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, the league announced Tuesday. Mejia tested positive for Stanozolol and Boldenone. He had already served a previous 80-game suspension earlier this season. Mejia is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 7 1/3 innings this season.
Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia will primarily be the seventh-inning reliever, manager Terry Collins said Sunday. Collins added he will also fill in at times for Bobby Parnell and Jeurys Familia in high-leverage situations. Since returning from an 80-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, Mejia has tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He has pitched the seventh inning in both of his appearances.