Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

It appears the Red Sox are willing to go off the board in an attempt to bolster their bullpen depth.

It turns out that they are apparently willing to go so off the board that they have now signed a pitcher who was once banned from baseball for life.

The team has inked former New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia to a minor league contract. Mejia has the dubious distinction of being the only player in the history of the sport to be banned for three positive steroid tests.

Mejia’s lifetime banishment was handed down in 2016, but Commissioner Rob Manfred reinstated him last summer. The MLB collective bargaining agreement allows players who have failed three tests to apply for conditional reinstatement after two years.

Mejia pitched two minor league games in the Mets system before the team released him.

The 29-year-old righty has a career ERA of 3.68 and had 28 saves for the Mets in 2014.

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