Apr 26, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Moving Daisuke Matsuzaka to rotation in place of Jenrry Mejia would be a mistake


There are tons of different scenarios flying around regarding Jenrry Mejia, and what his potential switch to the bullpen could mean for the rest of the roster.

Some say Mejia would be moved there because of mid-inning struggles, while others say he would be moved there because of the gaping hole the Mets have at the end of games – not because they lack confidence in Mejia as a starter.

Mejia seemed amenable to a bullpen switch a few days ago, but is now singing a different tune.

Regardless of whether you feel the Mets would be right to shift Mejia to the bullpen so soon (I do not), a major part of the equation lies with who the Mets would slide into Mejia’s rotation spot in the event that they elect to move him to the bullpen.

It was reported Wednesday that the Mets would most likely turn to prospects Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom – not current reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka – as a rotation replacement for Mejia.

If that is still the case, moving Mejia to the bullpen – while rash – would at least be palatable.

However, shifting someone like Mejia to the bullpen in order to give his rotation spot to Matsuzaka would be a mistake.

While the debate over Mejia continues, both Montero and deGrom are being considered for relief roles at the major league level, muddying things up even further.

Perhaps the situation will come into focus after Mejia’s start on Friday night, or perhaps the Mets have already made up their mind.

 

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  • MetsFanSantaMonica

    The best (really the only) argument for moving Meija to the pen is the inevitable innings cap he will be on this year. I’d let him have 3 or 4 more start – until Super 2 status passes for Noah, then either move him to the pen so he can pitch the entire season, or consider piggybacking him with Syndergaard when Noah eventually gets promoted and will also be on an innings cap. I don’t want Montero in the Pen – i want him as the first call up when a starter gets injured. I’d be fine with deGrom in the pen in place of farnsworth or valverde.