New York Mets Extend Tim Byrdak for 2012

By Craig Williams

The New York Mets’ primary left-hander out of the bullpen, Tim Byrdak, was headed for free agency at the end of the season, but Sandy Alderson jumped in and signed the LOOGY to a one-year extension.  I’m not sure what the salary is, but I like this move by the New York Mets.  Tim Byrdak has been good against left-handed batters holding them a .204/.257/.323 line.  The price of relief pitchers has been rising over the past few years and lefty specialists have not necessarily been excluded – just look at the 2 year/$8 million deal the New York Yankees gave Pedro Feliciano last off-season.  If the New York Mets can lock down that role for 2012 at a reasonable price, I am all for it.

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