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Mets' Byrdak signs extension

April 24, 2011; Queens, NY, USA; New York

April 24, 2011; Queens, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Tim Byrdak (40) throws in the top o the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at CitiField. The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks 8-4. Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

The Mets made the unexpected move of signing Tim Byrdak to a one-year extension.

Rarely do the Mets complete deals in-season — Reyes and David Wright are the only two other notable exceptions in the past decade. But general manager Sandy Alderson said it was a chance to give the Mets two solid lefthanders for the bullpen — along with Daniel Herrera — heading into next year. Byrdak, who earned roughly $1.2 million this season, had limited lefthanders to a .204 average in 93 at-bats before yesterday.

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