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Mets in Talks With Tim Byrdak- Deal Imminent?



By Mike Silva ~ January 19th, 2011. Filed under: Rumor Mill.

Terry Collins discussed earlier today how he expected another lefty to be signed.

I spoke to a league source that told me the Mets and former Houston lefty Tim Byrdak are discussing a deal and both sides have mutual interest in getting it done.

Nothing is official, but I expect a deal to get completed within the next couple of days.

For his career, lefties have an OPS of .677 against Byrdak.

Although he is never mentioned in the same breath as other top LOOGY’s – like Pedro Feliciano, Will Ohman, Joe Beimel, Denny Reyes, and Ron Mahay – Byrdak has been solid for three years in Houston. Here his lefty OPS against the last three seasons:

08: .469

09: .700

10: .644

As you can see below he has some solid results with Detroit as well.

Year Age Tm W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP BB/9 SO/9
2007 33 DET 3 0 3.20 39 1 45.0 38 16 3 26 49 144 1.422 5.2 9.8
2008 34 HOU 2 1 3.90 59 0 55.1 45 24 10 29 47 109 1.337 4.7 7.6
2009 35 HOU 1 2 3.23 76 0 61.1 39 22 10 36 58 128 1.223 5.3 8.5
2010 36 HOU 2 2 3.49 64 0 38.2 40 15 4 20 29 112 1.552 4.7 6.8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/19/2011.

A late bloomer, Byrdak should get every opportunity to be the primary LOOGY in Terry Collins bullpen. I suspect he will produce similar results and be able to pitch everyday just like Feliciano.

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3 Responses to Mets in Talks With Tim Byrdak- Deal Imminent?

  1. Sage on the Hudson

    “Although he is never mentioned in the same breadth as other top LOOGY’s…”

    That’s “…in the same BREATH…” Mike, not “breadth.”

  2. Mike Silva

    thanks for the correction – missed that!

  3. Anonymous

    Loogy – lung waste

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