The Mets and formerly banned pitcher Jenrry Mejia will soon reunite on the field after his ban was lifted.
It’s been three years since Jenrry Mejia last played in a game with the Mets thanks to a lifetime ban. For some reason, the ban had been revered earlier today and Mejia is cleared to once again play baseball.
If his days of taking PED’s are behind him and he can still pitch, this might actually be a good thing for the New York Mets.
In 2016, Mejia received the ban after failing his third PED test. MLB announced that he will once again be able to play once the 2019 season comes around.
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This is an odd situation because Mejia is still a member of the Mets. When this season began, the team offered him a one year deal worth almost $2 million.
At the time, this was a very weird gesture since he wouldn’t have been able to play with them at all. However, now that he’s been cleared to return after the all-star game, because he has a contract with the team, Mejia will be able to train with them and use their facilities for the remainder of the year.
Even we don’t offer him another contract for the 2019 season, Mejia will still be better prepared for the upcoming season. If by chance the team does decide to bring him back, he could play some games in the minors next season and work his way up to being back in the bullpen.
If Mejia was a bad pitcher when he was with the team, some would say that he shouldn’t come back at all, but that’s not really the case.
During his last full season with the team in 2014, Mejia pitched to a 3.65 ERA and earned 28 saves. In 2015 he hadn’t given up a single run in 7.1 innings.
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Who knows what’s going to happen in the future for Mejia, but it’s going to happen one way or another. Maybe him coming back was the wrong move. Maybe he’s learned from his mistakes and can turn things around.