/Roundup: Mark McGwire Joins Padres, Climbing the Coaching Ladder

Roundup: Mark McGwire Joins Padres, Climbing the Coaching Ladder

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Mark McGwire, right, served as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers the last three seasons.

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When news broke last season that Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia had been suspended for the second time in a matter of months for testing positive for the same performance-enhancing drug, the Mets reacted strongly. They sounded hurt and betrayed that a teammate would compromise their goals like that. David Wright described Mejia’s first failed test as selfish.

The second failed test resulted in a 162-game suspension for Mejia and an infamous distinction: it tied him with Alex Rodriguez for the longest doping-related suspension in baseball history.

On Wednesday, the Mets surprisingly tendered Mejia a contract for the 2016 season, a move that, if anything, seemed to be a smart fiscal decision.

Though Mejia is not eligible to return until late July, the Mets will not have to pay his contract while he sits out. Mejia is eligible…

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