Jenrry Mejia was placed on the minor league DL with a strained posterior cuff in his right shoulder, which GM Omar Minaya said shouldn’t impact trade discussions for Seattle lefty Cliff Lee, who’s starting tonight in the Bronx against the Yankees.
Minaya said “we’re not about one prospect only,’’ when asked about Mejia’s injury complicating trade talks.
The Mariners would like Mejia, but FOX Sports is reporting it could take a lot smaller package to bring Lee to the Mets, say Josh Thole, Fernando Martinez and a minor league pitcher.
As usual with these types of things, there are conflicting reports. The Seattle Times, for instance, reports the Mets have an inside track while FOX says it is wide open.
If the Mets make this deal it would strengthen both their rotation and the bullpen, because it would mean tonight’s starter, Hisanori Takahashi, will move back to the pen.