The New York Mets have agreed to terms with relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia even though he will never receive a dime of the money.
As a formality on Tuesday, the New York Mets signed relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia to a one-year deal worth $1,976,000. However, Mejia will never see a penny of the money because he has been banned from baseball for life.
Despite the lifetime ban, the right-hander is still on the Mets roster and was still technically up for arbitration, could this story get any more complicated?
Mejia was first suspended in April of 2015 for testing positive for Stanozolol, a substance which is banned by major league baseball. He would then return and face two more suspensions within the span of a year and receive a lifetime ban.
The 27-year old could apply for reinstatement next month, but even if the ban were lifted he wouldn’t be able to come back until 2018.
Unfortunately for Mejia, it is unlikely the ban will be lifted and he will have to face the consequences for his actions and maybe one day get the opportunity to return again.