The Mets need a long-term solution at closer and Jenrry Mejia fits the profile, so how about it?
“It’s always in the conversation,” manager Terry Collins said before the Mets beat the Rockies 5-1 on Sunday.
For now, the job still belongs to Kyle Farnsworth, who surrendered a two-run, game-ending homer to Charlie Culberson in the ninth inning on Saturday.
Farnsworth, who did not pitch Sunday, has allowed at least one run in four of his last five appearances and is deemed a stopgap at closer until the Mets can find a better option.
The fact Mejia hasn’t survived past the fifth inning in each of his last two starts has opened the debate as to whether he’s better suited for working from the bullpen. The Mets are also monitoring Mejia’s innings, and a relief role would put him in better position to finish the season with the club.
Farnsworth is the Mets’ third closer this season. Bobby Parnell lasted one game before undergoing Tommy John surgery and Jose Valverde struggled in the role, giving Farnsworth the chance.
Collins has also mentioned Daisuke Matsuzaka as a possibility to close games. The manager was asked if Farnsworth’s leash is longer than Valverde’s because the Mets don’t have anybody else on the roster with closing experience.
“I wish I had an answer for you,” Collins said. “Right now Kyle is going to close. If he can, he’s going to be the closer.”