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Mets avoid arbitration with Jenrry Mejia

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The Mets avoided arbitration with right-handed reliever Jenrry Mejia on Friday, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The settlement — a one-year, $1.729 million deal — is unlikely to be paid out as Mejia is still serving a permanent ban after testing positive for PEDs on three separate occasions from 2015 through 2016.

Mejia, 28, first tested positive for Stanozolol in April 2015 and was hit with an 80-game suspension. In July, he tested positive for both Stanozolol and Boldenone and another 162-game suspension was tacked onto his sentence. His third and final transgression came in February 2016, when he tested positive for Boldenone again and was promptly and permanently banned from Major League Baseball.

The right-hander pitched his last full season in the majors back in 2014, turning in a 3.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 9.4 SO/9 through 93 2/3 innings for the Mets. His ban can officially be lifted in 2018 — per Heyman, Mejia is now eligible for reinstatement after missing the last two seasons — but whether commissioner Rob Manfred would be open to hearing his case (or whether Mejia could find another big league opportunity) remains to be seen.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.