With Jenrry Mejia reportedly pitching on a start-to-start basis and amenable to becoming a closer if the club asks, the thought had been that Daisuke Matsuzaka would wind up in the rotation if Mejia shifted to the pen. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Mar 7, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
While it’s a bit rash for the Mets to be contemplating a shift to the bullpen for Mejia after what amounts to two bad innings, it makes sense that they would replace him in the rotation with one of their young, high-upside starters if a move is indeed made.
According to Marc Carig in Newsday, the Mets potentially shifting Mejia to the pen may be a reflection of how bad the bullpen has been – not an indictment on his ability as a starter.
It’s been reported that both Montero and deGrom were likely to start getting exposure in relief, whether that came with Triple-A Las Vegas or the Mets. That would obviously be out the window for one of them if they were to replace Mejia in the rotation.