August 12, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jenrry Mejia makes New York Mets rotation


Young righty, Jenrry Mejia has made the New York Mets rotation as their fifth starter. As a result, Daisuke Matsuzaka has been optioned to Triple-A-Las-Vegas. The move, was first reported by Anthony Di Como.

 

The news doesn’t come as too much of a surprise after the spring training Mejia had. In 13 innings he compiled a 2.70 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and struck out 13 batters. Matsuzaka, was a rather impressive too, but was ultimately out-pitched; over 18 innings he collated a 3.86 ERA, with a 1.34 WHIP while striking out 17 batters.

Things could’ve been very different after Mejia suffered an injury scare in Friday’s exhibition against the Blue Jays. But after the results of the X-ray came back negative, the Mets were able to name Mejia as their fifth starter, with Matsuzaka and John Lannan being sent down to the minors.

With Dice-K being sent down to the minors after a very good spring, he could potentially be used as trading bait. With Nick Franklin on the Mets radar, and the Seattle Mariners needing starting pitching, a trade could be struck. After Ruben Tejada‘s woeful spring, they need Franklin to solidify the shortstop position, and could send either Lannan or Matsuzaka to Seattle.

Mejia, the 24-year-old Dominican right hander, was used as a back-up starter last season. In five starts, he collated a 2.30 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP whilst striking out 27. In his first full year in the rotation, he will aim to build upon his impressive spring, and prove to the Mets that he deserved the number five-spot in the rotation.

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  • Oprk

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is nowhere near being trade bait for Nick Franklin. I know perceived trade values can get clouded on team blogs/sites. A 33 year old SP in the final year of his contract who has pitched 60 or more MLB innings just once in the last 5 years and a recent top prospect 23 year old switch-hitting 2B/SS who shed his prospect status with nearly a year of major league experience in 2013. A player who has room to grow throughout the next 6 years of team control, not free agency next offseason. It’s safe to say, just because Cano locked down his position, it doesn’t mean his trade value disappears. If Franklin doesn’t fetch a team-controlled similar-potential non-middle infielder, the Mariner’s GM doesn’t make it back next year (if they trade him at all). Team control and an untapped ceiling is what an organization like the Mariners would value most by far in a return on Franklin or he would’ve already been gone a while ago if someone like Dice-K is what they were after (even with extra pieces thrown in). There’s just no connection to be made for a guy like Dice-K in a Franklin deal. Not saying your thoughts are wrong, I just don’t think you’re viewing trade value from the perspective of an unbiased fan. Just my opinion. I always enjoy seeing different perspectives.

    • harmony55

      Good points … Nick Franklin may well be in the 2015 Seattle outfield with Michael Saunders, Dustin Ackley and Stefen Romero.

      I see little trade value in 33-year-old righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka or 29-year-old lefthander John Lannan, who could not crack the starting rotation on a club with the second-lowest projected pitching WAR in the majors:

      http://www.fangraphs.com/depthcharts.aspx?position=ALL&teamid=25
      See the right column (where the Mariners rank sixth in the projected pitching WAR).

  • Timmy Kennedy

    @oprk:disqus See where you are coming from. Just a suggestion – no specifics, solely based on the concept that Mariners need pitching, Mets need Franklin.