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Not so fast: the Mets may mess with Mejia yet

May 19, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

jenrry mejia headshot mets.JPGYesterday I praised the Mets for making what seemed to be a wise long-term decision for the organization in sending Jenrry Mejia down to the minors to be transformed back into a starting pitcher.  The only reservation I had over the move was if the team decided to only send him down for a short time and call him back up to start for the Mets before he had a chance to really master his arsenal and learn to get hitters out multiple times a game.

According to the New York Post, however, the Mets may be doing something even worse than that:

The source said if a decision is reached to make Mejia a starter it
wouldn’t necessarily involve a trip to the minor leagues, as the Mets
might choose to let the right-hander “stretch out” at the major league
level as Joba Chamberlain did with the Yankees two years ago.

Because turning Chamberlain into a starter at the major league level worked out so well for everyone.

This source could be wrong and the Mets may very well end up sending Mejia down, but I’m going to hold off praising the Mets over anything unless and until they show us that they can make even a single move that is in the organization’s long term best interests as opposed to lurching from quick fix to quick fix.

If this report is accurate, however, the Mets appear to be poised to wreck a promising pitching prospect, and that’s simply unacceptable.  

  1. BC - May 19, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    The Mets should just leave him as a reliever this year in the bigs. Once the season is over, put him on a training program that readys him to be a starter. Even put him in AAA as a starter at the beginning of next year, then bring him up. You can’t do this switch-on-the-fly thing, it’s what screwed Chamberlain up and it’ll screw this kid up too.

  2. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - May 19, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Because turning Chamberlain into a starter at the major league level worked out so well for everyone.

    Please, for the love of God, stop perpetuating this myth. He was always a starter. He was a starter in college at Nebraska, he was a starter in the minors. He came into the majors as a reliever in ’07 because he hit his innings limit in the minors AND the Yanks needed help in the BP. He was used as a starter in ’08 until he got hurt, and he started 32 games last year as well.

  3. Preston - May 19, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    On the other hand, this is exactly what Francisco Liriano and Chad Billingsley did as well (to name just two), and it worked out just fine for them (at least that year). A sample size of Joba Chamberlain (as large as it is in some ways) is hardly indicative of whether the Mets’ move will be successful or not.

  4. Mr Z - May 19, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    To understand the Mets you only have to know that the owner (Fred Wilpon) is a senile old man and his son (Jeff Wilpon) is a functional idiot – After them, it goes downhill.

  5. Fast Eddy - May 19, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    It is about time the Mets started messing with the GM and field manager. When do they get sent down?

  6. jwb - May 19, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Dickey up, Niese to the DL.
    Earl Weaver always said that long relief was the best place for a young pitcher, but nobody uses long relievers in the same way they did during his time.

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