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Mets lock up left-hander Tim Byrdak for 2012

Sep 18, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

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The Mets sent Carlos Beltran to the Giants in July, but they were surprisingly unwilling to deal any of their lesser free-agents-to-be, a group that included Chris Capuano, Scott Hairston, Willie Harris, Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak.  Today they retained the least expensive member of that bunch for 2012, signing the 37-year-old Byrdak to a one-year extension.

Byrdak, who signed a minor league deal in January after being let go by the Astros two months earlier, has a 2.95 ERA in 68 appearances this season.  A true specialist, he’s thrown only 36 2/3 innings.  Lefties, though, have his just .202 against him, and he has a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings since June 1.

The value of the deal wasn’t announced, but it’s safe to say it’s somewhere in the $1.2 million-$1.5 million range.  Byrdak made $1.6 million last year with Houston, and he’s earned $900,000 with the Mets this season.

  1. dailyrev - Sep 18, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    These guys are in hot competition with Divorce Court at the other end of the continent for Most Dysfunctional Franchise award of 2011. I have to be honest, my vote would be leaning toward the Mutts right now.

    • senorstem - Sep 18, 2011 at 10:14 PM

      Wow…calling the Mets the Mutts? That’s really creative. I’ve never heard anyone use that before! How long did it take you to come up with that one? Funniest thing ever! Really…I mean it.

      • Old Gator - Sep 18, 2011 at 10:57 PM

        Take it easy, bubbeleh. You’re either new here or haven’t been paying attention. That’s been the standard neologism for the Met…er, Mutts all season and will probably be locked in for next as well, like calling the Dodgers the Bums. “Creative” has nothing to do with it – it’s just a sign of familiarity, you know, like being able to strip the cellophane cleanly from a pack of Luckies or knowing the name of Tarzan’s monkey when the sentries confront you as you’re returning from night patrol.

        By the way, a pleasant Mutts irony: they let K-Rod walk and they locked up Byrdak.

  2. ikedavisnose - Sep 18, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Hey Gator please explain how that’s ironic cause just saying Byrdak will prob cost them 17 mil less then K-Rod also who knows the METS (not mutts) could very well sign Capps or Broxten or even if Reyes screws them over then maybe they could sign J-Pap or Bell

    • Old Gator - Sep 19, 2011 at 8:21 AM

      It has nothing to do with the money, just a play on the term “locked up.” K-Rod? Locked up? Think back a ways…..

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 19, 2011 at 10:20 AM

        Oy. We’re doing puns now?

      • Old Gator - Sep 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        That’s what happens when you read too much James Joyce. Ulysses messed me up, but Finnegans Wake really finished me off.

  3. trbowman - Sep 19, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Look, DJ will get it together. He’s already shown he can handle the load offensively, it’s just a question of Carter putting him in a position to succeed.

  4. professor59 - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Well that’s it, then. The Phillies officially concede the 2012 season.

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