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Friday, January 17, 2014
Byrdak still on do-not-call list for Mets

By Adam Rubin

Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak, in his typically humorous fashion, indicated he has not yet received an invitation back to the Mets -- even on a minor-league deal. Byrdak tweeted:

@AdamRubinESPN @coribald only offer so far is for a peanut vender, even they want me to prove I still have the arm to deliver!#dissapointed

— Tim Byrdak (@Givemethelefty) January 17, 2014

Byrdak, 40, returned to the Mets in September after missing most of the season recovering from surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn anterior capsule. He produced a 7.71 ERA in 4 2/3 innings.

The Mets would be well-served bringing in some lefty reliever on a minor-league contract to camp. Otherwise, they would be entirely dependent upon Scott Rice and Josh Edgin until prospects Jack Leathersich and Adam Kolarek -- both of whom will be in camp -- are deemed ready for the majors.

Lefty free-agent relievers remaining available include Eric O'Flaherty, Oliver Perez, Jose Mijares, Mike Gonzalez and Rich Hill.