Boyer has 'out' -- changing pen dynamic
March, 23, 2011
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
There are five apparent no-brainers for the bullpen: Francisco Rodriguez, Bobby Parnell, D.J. Carrasco, Taylor Buchholz and Tim Byrdak. Rule 5 pick Pedro Beato appears in good shape for a sixth spot.
And Boyer just may be chosen over Jason Isringhausen, Manny Acosta, Pat Misch and Mike O'Connor for the final spot -- even if that means exposing Acosta and Misch to waivers. One Mets official and one person in the clubhouse have been maintaing for a while that Boyer had a very good chance.
The Mets have been down the road of having veteran players break down during a season because of injury, which may give serious pause to placing Isringhausen on the roster. O'Connor is on a minor league contract.
Boyer, 29, has a 1.13 ERA with seven strikeouts and two walks in eight Grapefruit League innings. He went 3-2 with a 4.26 ERA in 54 relief appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.