Showing posts with label Lefty Reliever. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lefty Reliever. Show all posts

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mets retain LHP Tim Byrdak for 2012


The Mets retained LHP Tim Byrdak today, 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.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Perez on shaky ground with Mets, could be on his way out soon..


According to the NY Times:

Mets may have finally reached their breaking point with the embattled left-hander Oliver Perez. A day after releasing second baseman Luis Castillo, the Mets watched in resignation Saturday as Perez struggled again.

The Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 7-4, behind five and two-thirds shutout innings from the left-hander Chris Capuano, who is close to securing a rotation spot. Perez, meanwhile, seems to be pitching his way out of a bullpen role, despite his $12 million salary.

“We have other guys in here that are working hard and doing a good job from the left side,” said the pitching coach, Dan Warthen. “He’s trying to make a left-handed job, and these other guys are doing a very good job right now.”

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Perez looking good so far in the pen


Oliver Perez’s first audition as a reliever went better than his previous attempts to remain in the starting rotation. Perez retired the only batter he faced in today's 13-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.


“He threw strikes. That’s what we wanted him to do,” manager Terry Collins said. “He came in with energy, and I like that. We will, I’m sure, on Tuesday night, try it again.”

He threw five strikes in seven pitches and induced a pop out. He mixed in all his pitches except a change-up.

Perez lowered his arm angle to be more effective against left-handed hitters, who Perez would see as a reliever.

“All my career I’ve been throwing to lefties sidearm,” Perez said. “This year I’m going to use it more.”

I hate to tell all my readers... I told you he be on the roster, not that I want him to be...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mets sign Tim Byrdak to a minor league deal..


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Left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak has signed with the Mets on a minor league deal.

Byrdak, 37, is expected to compete with Taylor Tankersley for a left-handed relief role.

Byrdak went 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 64 relief appearances spanning 38 2/3 innings with the Houston Astros last season. Left-handed batters hit .213 against him, as opposed to right-handed batters, who hit .333.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bring in the arms - Tim Byrdak on Radar


The Mets and left-hander Tim Byrdak have "mutual interest" in each other and have been discussing a contract, according to Mets Chronicle's  good friend Mike Silva of the New York Baseball Digest.  Silva thinks a deal could be finalized within "the next couple of days."

The Mets were looking for southpaw relief help, and Byrdak fits that bill, holding left-handed batters to a .202/.296/.380 line in his nine Major League seasons. 

Byrdak, 37, has a 3.46 ERA over the last four seasons but also averaged five walks per nine innings in that stretch; it's actually an upgrade from his career 5.5 BB/9 rate. 

Byrdak spent the last three seasons with the Astros, who released the southpaw in November.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

NYBD: Mets sign Taylor Tankersley


Mike Silva of  NYBD Reports:

Dave Gershman of Beyond the Box Score is reporting the Mets have signed Taylor Tankersley to a minor league deal.

Silva knows the Mets still have interest in Joe Beimel and Tim Byrdak, two of the remaining LOOGY’s on the market.

Silva says why Tankersley’s deal makes sense and how the Mets 40 man roster is inflexible and, right now, the only players they could sign are those on a minor league contract.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Castillo Release and Pursuit of Lefty Reliever


Do you remember?
In his Insider-only ESPN.com blog, Buster Olney writes that the Mets have internally discussed the possibility of simply releasing Luis Castillo. The team has repeatedly tried to free up some money by trading the second baseman, but has yet to find a taker.

Olney indicates that it's possible the Mets could drop both Castillo and Oliver Perez before Opening Day. Here are this morning's other New York-related notes:

The Mets were one of the teams pursuing Randy Choate before the southpaw signed with the Marlins, according to Newsday's Ken Davidoff. Davidoff says the Mets made Choate a one-year offer worth about $1.4MM, but the veteran lefty accepted more years and more guaranteed money from Florida.

If the Mets still intend to add a Pedro Feliciano replacement, Davidoff continues, it'll probably be someone on a minor-league deal, since the market is thinning.
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