Following their 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon, the New York Mets announced reaching an agreement with lefty specialist Tim Byrdak on a one year contract extension.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, NY general manager Sandy Alderson stated the following about the extension:
Going into last offseason we really didn’t have lefties that we felt we could count on. This year going into the offseason we’ll have two — Tim and Danny Herrera. So that’s a positive step forward for us. So we’re very pleased he’s coming back.
It’s not typical for us to extend players late in the season like this, but he wanted to come back and we were happy to reach an agreement with him. It worked out very well, and he indicated a very strong desire to come back. He’s done a very good job for us.”
Byrdak, who was searching for some job security heading into the off-season had this to say, according to Rubin:
We had approached them about it to see if they were possibly interested. I’m very happy with the team here and stuff like that and wanted to come back. We talked to them about it and they thought about it and offered us something to come back that made sense, so here we are.
You’re talking about last year, the day before Thanksgiving, I got the call from (Astros GM) Ed Wade in Houston telling me I didn’t have a job. To be able to go into the offseason knowing where you’re going for spring training, knowing the guys you’re going to be with … you don’t have to worry about learning a whole new city. I’m familiar with New York and where I’m going to live. At my age it’s kind of a comfort to know you don’t have to worry about learning new things.”
Byrdak has been one of the clubs best and most reliable options out of the pen this season. The left hander has appeared in 68 games for NY allowing just twelve earned runs over 36 2/3 innings, good for a team best 2.89 ERA. After a rocky start to the season (5.14 ERA through May) Byrdak has been outstanding. He has 16 strikeouts and a 1.32 ERA since July 15th — spanning 13 2/3 innings — and shown an uncanny ability to consistently get out left handed hitters in key spots for the Mets:
Hat tip to Mike Silva of New York Baseball Digest who broke the story early Sunday Morning.
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