Frustrated free agents noticed Red Sox's Jenrry Mejia signing

Frustrated free agents noticed Red Sox's Jenrry Mejia signing

Frustrated free agents noticed Red Sox's Jenrry Mejia signing

Fighting the commissioner's office.

The team has inked former New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia to a minor league contract.

Boston has been very conservative with their bullpen so far this offseason, and Dombrowski has made it clear they won't be shelling out any big contracts for a reliever.

In 2014, he served as the Mets closer, going 6-6 with a 3.65 ERA while earning 28 saves.

Mejia is more flier than splash.

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On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year deal with the right-handed reliever, months after Mejia was reinstated from a lifetime ban for testing positive for PEDs on three separate occasions.

Mejia isn't exactly known for the best reasons around baseball, because in February 2016 he was the first player to ever receive a lifetime ban due to failing three performance-enhancing drug tests. In 2016, after his third failed drug test, he was hit with that lifetime ban, which lasted all of two years. He's been out of the majors since July 2015.

Upon reinstatement, he re-signed with the Mets and spent the rest of the season in the Dominican Summer League before getting cut loose by NY earlier this offseason.

When healthy, Mejia features a power cutter and mid-90s fastball. He was suspended on April 11, 2015, then again on July 28, 2015, and yet again on February 12, 2016.

Mejia returned on July 12, appeared in seven games for NY, then was banned for 162 games on July 28 after a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone. The third suspension was for a positive test for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid generally used by veterinarians on horses. In addition to random drug tests, he is subject annually to six additional urine tests and three additional blood tests.

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