Mets, Mejia go through formality of agreeing to contract

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NEW YORK (AP) Suspended relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia and the New York Mets went through the formality Tuesday of agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,976,000, money he will not ever receive.

Mejia was given a lifetime ban from baseball last Feb. 12 after his third positive test under the major league drug program. He remains on the Mets roster on the restricted list, and because he has four years of major league service he was eligible for salary arbitration. However, players serving drug suspensions do not get paid.

Mejia's salary was cut the maximum 20 percent from his $2.47 million salary last year - money he also did not receive.