Byrdak joining Mets

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Tim Byrdak signed a minor league deal with the Mets.

Left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak has signed with the Mets on a minor league deal.

Byrdak, 37, is expected to compete with Taylor Tankersley for a left-handed relief role.

Byrdak went 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 64 relief appearances spanning 38 2/3 innings with the Houston Astros last season. Left-handed batters hit .213 against him, as opposed to right-handed batters, who hit .333.

He also has pitched with the Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers.