The New York Mets have agreed to a contract in formality with suspended relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia.
The one-year deal is worth $1.729 million, but the right-hander will not receive the money due to his three positive drug tests. The 28-year-old Mejia is unlikely to see any of the pay, but the contract allowed the Mets to avoid arbitration.
Mejia was banned for life by Major League Baseball in February 2016, but the Mets retain his rights as a player on their restricted list. Mejia was suspended for 80 games on April 11, 2015 following a positive test for Stanozolol, and he admitted to taking the banned substance. He had a 162-game suspension tacked onto that after testing positive for both Stanozolol and Boldenone in July of that year.
Mejia’s final failed test came in February 2016, when he against tested positive for Boldenone.
The 2018 deal represents the 30 percent maximum cut allowed from Mejia’s $2.47 million salary in 2016. He was cut the maximum 20 percent to $1.976 million last year.
Mejia has not pitched a full season in the majors since 2014, when he posted a 3.65 ERA in 93 2/3 innings. He is now eligible for reinstatement, but it is unknown if commissioner Rob Manfred would be open to hearing the case should Mejia apply for reinstatement.
–Field Level Media