Oliver Perez has some more competition for his supposed role in the Mets bullpen as lefthander Tim Byrdak was signed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
The 37-year-old Byrdak joins Taylor Tankersley, a recent signing, as part of a three-man tryout to become the lefthanded setup man.
Byrdak had a 3.49 earned run average in Houston last season. Lefthanded batters hit just .213 against him.
The Mets owe $12 millon in salary to Perez and may have little choice but to release the failed starter if he does not win the bullpen job.
Sign up for Newsday’s Mets Messages for updates directly to your phone via text, free with a Newsday digital subscription. Learn more at newsday.com/metstext.