New York Mets
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Although the likelihood is R.A. Dickey remains a Met, one team official already has thought about a contingency plan for the rotation.
The most likely scenario involves Jenrry Mejia opening the season in the rotation. Mejia will work as a starting pitcher in spring training regardless.
One Mets official reiterated Wednesday that there was virtually no way Zack Wheeler would break camp with the team. For one thing, if Wheeler does not spend the first three weeks of the season in the minors, he would be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season, rather than the Mets also controlling him for 2019.
Mejia just wrapped up a winter-ball stint. He went 1-2 with a 4.21 ERA in seven starts, although six of his 12 earned runs allowed came in his final start. Overall, Mejia allowed 22 hits and 10 walks in 25 2/3 innings while striking out 19.