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Mets plan to tender Jenrry Mejia a contract for 2016

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The team plans to bring back the relief pitcher, who still has 100 games to serve on his suspension.

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The Mets are planning to tender 26-year-old right-handed relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia a contract for the 2016 season. Mejia barely played in 2015, as he was suspended 80 games in early April for testing positive for stanozolol. He returned from that suspension, pitched well for 7.1 innings, and was suspended 162 games for testing positive for the same substance.

Mejia's 2015 salary was technically $2.6 million, but the Mets didn't have to pay him for the time he was suspended, which was almost the entire season. With a suspension that runs through nearly two-thirds of the 2016 season, they won't have to pay him much next year, either.

While Mejia wouldn't have been eligible for the 2015 playoffs—even if he weren't suspended a second time—he will be eligible for the 2016 playoffs, should the Mets make it back there. And since he's on the restricted list all winter, he does not count against the team's 40-man roster.

Before the pair of failed tests, Mejia had developed into a very good reliever. Finally healthy late in the 2013 season, he made five great starts for the Mets. He began the 2014 season in the rotation and fared well through his first few starts before falling off a cliff. The Mets moved him to the bullpen, and he excelled. In 56.1 innings out of the bullpen, he had a 2.72 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 21 walks. Assuming he returns late in the 2016 season, he should help the Mets win games down the stretch and, potentially, in the playoffs.