The New York Mets don’t have the deepest assortment of fantasy baseball arms. The already lost Matt Harvey for the year and the stint on the DL for Jonathan Niese has left the team’s rotation even thinner to start the year. Every starter matters in fantasy, though, especially in 14-man fantasy formats.
The Mets made a ton of news this off-season by bringing in Japanese veteran, Daisuke Matsuzaka, to compete for the final spot in the rotation. The team signed Dice-K to a minor league contract and even handed him an extra $100,000 in order to delay their decision, so naturally the fantasy world pegged him to win the final spot in Flushing.
In a shocking storyline, though, the team opted to keep Jenrry Mejia as the fifth starting pitcher. Mejia was originally thought to be a dark horse to make the team’s rotation, because he has little MLB experience and barely pitched last season due to various injuries.
However, Mejia looked very strong this spring. He ended the month with a 2.72 ERA in 13.1 innings of work, which was slightly better than Dice-K’s 3.04 spring ERA. The 24-year-old is also much younger than the 33-year-old journeyman, and at the end of the day, the team chose to go with youth.
The only possibility to derail Mejia’s fantasy value would be injurers. The right-hander was hit in the forearm by a batted ball in Friday’s spring contest and the youngster was forced to leave the game. Fortunately, his X-ray came back negative and it only reveled some inflammation. Mejia isn’t expected to miss anytime due to the injury, but he is still considered day-to-day and it is worth monitoring until he finally ties the mound.
Either way, Mejia is worth picking up in any dynasty league format. He has earned the final rotation spot for the Mets, and until that changers, consider him a viable SP7 in deeper fantasy formats.