In order to get something you have to be willing to give something, and the something many will ask for as the trade deadline approaches in Jenrry Mejia.
I’m beginning to wonder what Mejia’s trade value is these days. He’s been spotty in his role out of the bullpen, and has a career 11-11 record in three years as a starter.
“How can the Mets sell this guy as a starter that can produce right away if he’s not even starting for them?’’ a former general manager said.
So, any deal made has to be looked at through the eyes of the other team as potential over production.
So, what will other teams do if the got Mejia. Why, my guess is they would send him to the minor leagues to develop him as a starter.
So, why won’t the Mets do the same?
With the rotation pitching well, and Elmer Dessens producing, the opportunities are becoming less and less for Mejia. The other night in Cleveland he walked a couple of batters and was immediately removed. There’s no room for him to learn to get out of jams up here with the Mets playing so well and believing they’ll be around down the stretch.
And, with either Hisanori Takahashi or John Maine to join the pen soon, those opportunities will become even scarcer.
If the Mets stay relevant during the summer they might need Mejia, but will they have the confidence in him? It seems unlikely with this workload.
If Mejia’s destiny is that of a starter, then let it happen now in the minor leagues. He was 0-5 with a 4.47 ERA last year in Double A, so it’s not as if he’s got the starting thing nailed in the minors.
The Mets might need Mejia before it is over, and wouldn’t it be nice if they knew what to expect?
What I would hate is to lose him now in a trade and have him develop in another organization. But, with his best days ahead of him, would you give him up for a chance to win now?