Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:32:47 -0800
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (elbow) was pain-free in his spring debut Wednesday, March 5, giving up one unearned run and a hit while walking two and striking out three in two innings. "That's the most important thing -- I feel better, I feel good right now," Mejia said. "Everything is fine." Mejia is unlikely to win the fifth starting spot over SPs Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan, however.
Fantasy Tip: If he can remain healthy, Mejia should stick as an up-and-coming starter. It seems reasonable that he'll see time in the Mets' rotation this year, but they may choose to limit his innings in order to make him a rotation mainstay in 2015. He's a fine speculation target as an end-gamer in deep mixed and NL-only leagues.
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 04:12:05 -0800
New York Mets manager Terry Collins is considering SP Daisuke Matsuzaka and SP John Lannan for the fifth spot in the rotation. SP Jenrry Mejia, who was considered a rotation candidate, will likely be used in long relief during spring games to build arm strength.
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:17:41 -0800
New York Mets SP Daisuke Matsuzaka is likely the leading candidate for the final starting rotation spot this spring. He threw half a dozen bullpens before arriving to camp. "I'm in the process of getting back to the pitcher that I think I can be," the 33-year-old Matsuzaka added. "I think I'm making steps in the right direction so far. I'm feeling it right now."
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:57:45 -0800
New York Mets SP John Lannan (hamstring) was cleared to throw off a mound Wednesday, Feb. 12, after having surgery to fix a "decent-sized tear" in the tendon that connects the quadriceps to the knee in his left leg last August. "I've been working without limits for the last month and a half," Lannan said. "It feels really good right now. I'm exactly where I need to be. I'm off a mound. I'm ready to compete." He'll compete with SPs Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom for the fifth rotation spot this spring.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:48:12 -0800
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (elbow) said he prefers to start, and he'll have the opportunity to compete for the fifth starter position in spring training this year with the likes of SPs Daisuke Matsuzaka, John Lannan, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom. "The only thing I know is that's going to be a competition -- because I'm here, my arm feels good," Mejia said. "I'll be ready to be there. Whatever they want me to do, that's what I have to do. But I want to be in the fifth spot. They've got to let me know." He's already thrown two bullpen sessions and will throw a third Wednesday, Feb. 12. Mejia isn't having any ill effects from the surgery he had in August to remove bone spurs from his elbow.
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:53:40 -0800
New York Mets SPs Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan can both opt out of their deals if they aren't in the majors by June. Lannan can opt out if he's not on the roster by June 14. Matsuzaka, since he's been in the bigs for six-plus years, receives certain rights: The Mets must tell him five days before Opening Day if he's made the team. Otherwise, they can release him or pay him $100,000 to send him to the minors. Matsuzaka can opt out on June 1 if he's not in the majors.
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:55:54 -0800
Any chance for a reunion between SP Johan Santana and the New York Mets appears to be over. The Mets have signed both SP Daisuke Matsuzaka and SP John Lannan, plus SP Jenrry Mejia is expected to compete with those two for the final rotation spot.
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:19:04 -0800
New York Mets SP Daisuke Matsuzaka will earn $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster this season.
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:41:38 -0800
The New York Mets signed free-agent SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (Indians) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Friday, Jan. 24.
Fantasy Tip: Dice-K will be in the mix to compete for the final rotation spot in spring training. It could be a long shot, but if he wins the job, he's a speculative target in very deep NL-only leagues.
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:49:38 -0800
Rumors that the New York Mets had signed SP Daisuke Matsuzaka turned out to be incorrect, but the team could still sign Matsuzaka to a minor league contract, according to team sources. If Matsuzaka signs, it would be on a minor league deal, and he would compete in spring training with in-house options like Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero.