Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sox Sign PED-Abusing Reliever Jenrry Mejia As Craig Kimbrel Still Available

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Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel! In a futile attempt to bolster what is clearly a sub-par 2019 bullpen, the Red Sox went out and signed a three-time PED loser, Jenrry Mejia, to a contract. Mejia, who has previously pitched for the Mets, was "banned for life" by MLB just two years ago—but apparently he's undergone a "born-again" experience. Get a load of Dave Dombrowski's explanation: "He pitched last season and was free from PEDs. We are hopeful that he has learned from his past mistakes." Great. Jose Canseco's probably not juicing now either—why don't we sign him (despite his weird preoccupation with aliens and time-travel)? This bullpen fiasco is all the more galling, since an actual closer—Craig Kimbrel—is still out there (and reportedly willing to even sign a one-year deal). This Mejia dude isn't even that good when he's using—posting a career mark of 9-14 with a 3.68 ERA (and 28 saves). What the heck are we thinking?