Yesterday the Boston Red Sox signed former New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia to a minor league deal. Have not heard of him?
That’s understandable. Meija last pitched in the majors in 2015, ultimately getting banned by the league after failing THREE performance enhancing drug tests in his career. Meija was ultimately reinstated by the MLB last season, but he was off the radar for most teams due to his history.
The biggest takeaway from this deal is the fact that the Red Sox plan for the bullpen is now crystal clear in my eyes. Fans may be annoyed by the lack of relievers on the Red Sox roster, but due to how high Boston’s salary was in 2018 they are trying to steer clear of any reliever that is going to cost more than $3 million a year. That is evident in their signings of Meija, Zach Putnam, and Erasmo Ramirez.
Boston’s plan seems to be signing very cheap veteran relievers that could potentially help them throughout the year, while having the likes of Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes hold down the 9th inning.
I do not hate the idea at all. Relievers pop up out of nowhere all the time. Look at last year for example. Everyone (including myself) cried about how the Sox needed to bolster the bullpen. They never made any of the big moves fans wanted, but they did bring up Ryan Brasier from the minors.
Brasier ended up being a key part to Boston’s bullpen as they went on to win the World Series. So even though betting on the likes of Meija and Putnam is suspect, those type of guys could end up helping Boston the way Brasier did in 2018.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)
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