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In a formality, Jenrry Mejia, Mets agree to contract despite ban

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia reacts during a game

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia reacts during a game against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on July 12, 2015. Credit: Getty Images / Jim McIsaac

In what is a formality under Major League Baseball’s Basic Agreement, the Mets signed suspended reliever Jenrry Mejia on Monday, according to sources.

The Associated Press reported that it’s a one-year contract for $1,729,000.

Mejia, 28, banished from baseball for life in February 2016 after a third positive test for a banned substance, will not be paid because of his suspension as per baseball’s drug agreement. His rights still belong to the Mets as a player on their restricted list. Mejia could apply to commissioner Rob Manfred for reinstatement, but sources consider it unlikely that the Mets would activate their former closer.

According to AP, Mejia’s contract is the maximum 30-percent cut from his 2016 salary of $2.47 million. He was cut the maximum 20 percent last year to $1,976,000, a sum he also did not receive.

Mejia was suspended for 80 games on April 11, 2015, after a positive test for stanozolol, a drug popular among bodybuilders, and admitted then that he took a banned substance.

In July 2015, he was suspended for 162 games for using stanozolol as well as boldenone, an anabolic androgenic steroid developed for veterinary use and most commonly used to treat horses.

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