MLB just announced that Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol.
Interestingly, Mejia is the fourth player to be suspended for Stanozolol since late in spring training, joining David Rollins, Arodys Vizcaino, and Ervin Santana. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week due to right elbow inflammation and can serve the suspension while he’s sidelined.
Here are statements from the Mets and Mejia, via Anthony DiComo of MLB.com:
Jeurys Familia is currently filling in at closer for New York, but Bobby Parnell is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and could get his old job back if he proves his health and effectiveness. Still, this is a tough blow for a team who has their eyes on contention. Per the updated PED policy, Mejia would not be able to play in the postseason if the Mets qualify. It will be interesting to see if the Mets consider signing free agent reliever Rafael Soriano. He’d be a nice fit.
Mejia, 25, posted a 3.65 ERA with 28 saves and a 98/41 K/BB ratio in 93 2/3 innings last season.
MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.
Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.
After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.
Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.
Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.