Left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak has taken a unique approach in his search for work. He has tweeted a humorous message to whatever general manager might be interested. "Attention MLB GMs," it began. "For sale, late model LHR, high mileage but very serviceable! Doesn't come with all the bells and whistles of newer models (i.e. 97 mph), however I can still break a pane of glass with my fastball. ... Please call ASAP. I am driving my wife crazy being home during spring training." The 40-year-old pitched in eight games for the Mets in 2013 and recorded a 7.71 ERA that motivated the team to release him in late January.
Mets reliever Tim Byrdak will not return to the team. Byrdak tweeted at a fan that the team decided to pass on offering him a contract. The 40-year-old is recovering from a torn capsule in his shoulder.
Two teams have asked for medical reports on free agent pitcher Tim Byrdak, MLBTradeRumors.com reports. He made eight appearances with the Mets last season, allowing four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Mets starting pitcher Aaron Harang, relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, relief pitcher David Aardsma, relief pitcher Tim Byrdak, relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano and relief pitcher Frank Francisco have filed for free agency. Hawkins and Francisco both spent time as the Mets closer, but Bobby Parnell is expected to fill that role in 2014.
The Mets have recalled reliever Tim Byrdak from Triple-A Las Vegas, MLB.com reports. The 39-year-old has been working his way back from shoulder surgery last September and has thrown eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts for Las Vegas.