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Mets sign Tim Byrdak to a minor league contract

Jan 21, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

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Mike Silva of New York Baseball Digest had this one last night.  Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirmed it this morning.

The Mets have signed left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak to a minor league contract and, presumably, have invited him to spring training.

There’s a real chance that Byrdak will be able to climb his way into a lefty specialist role before spring training and open the year in the majors.  Taylor Tankersley, a fellow southpaw who will also be in camp on a minor league contract, is the only guy who might stand in his way.

Byrdak, 37, held left-handed batters to a cool .213/.271/.373 batting line last year and posted a 3.49 overall ERA.  When used correctly, he can be a valuable bullpen piece.

  1. BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Great. A valuable bullpen piece on an at-best 80-win team. Like having a bottle of Napoleon Brandy amongst your bottles of E&J.
    Yay. The Mets win one more game next year. Can I celebrate now. Woo. Hoo.

  2. gravytrain56 - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    he does handle lefties welll but that walk rate scares me. Here’s my blog on Mitch Williams actually being right about something. http://defendingthecore.blogspot.com/2011/01/for-once-mitch-williams-is-right.html

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