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…