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Collins Says Jenrry Mejia Could Wind Up In Bullpen

By Danny Abriano

Today in Port St. Lucie, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that if starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia doesn’t make the rotation, he could be a candidate for the bullpen.

Sep 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on during the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

This comment flies in the face of how the organization views Mejia.  A few weeks ago during a chat with fans, the club stated that it views Mejia as a starting pitcher at this time.


This is another example of Collins being Collins.

For two reasons, I try to not take his comments too seriously.

The first, is the fact that it will be Sandy Alderson who makes the ultimate call regarding Mejia and everyone else.  The second, is the fact that Collins has a tendency to engage in double-talk.

Although Sandy Alderson is the one who will decide who wins the final spot in the rotation, Terry Collins mentioned Mejia’s candidacy early and often during his first press conference of the spring a few days ago.

If the Mets are foolish enough to keep a healthy Mejia out of the big league rotation in order to start Daisuke Matsuzaka or John Lannan, one would think they would allow him to continue starting in Triple-A Las Vegas.

Moving Mejia back to the pen after seeing what he did last year in the rotation would be absurd.

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