The Mets have apparently decided to follow my advice and signed LH reliever Taylor Tankersley to a minor-league deal. Here’s what I wrote when I was still “auditioning” for this job:
Finally, for a lefty specialist to replace Feliciano, I would invite Taylor Tankersley to spring training. The now ex-Marlin is still only 28 and has held lefties to a .223/.313/.372 line, and was even better in limited work at the big league level in 2010. For his career, he’s struck out 8.8 per nine, and has shown a propensity to give up the long ball, which would be helped by moving to Citi Field.
Needless to say, I like the move. There was never a need to go out and spend a lot of money on a left-handed reliever. Now, between Mike O’Connor and the “Tank,” the Mets are likely set at LOOGY for 2011. And, hopefully, the money saved by not re-upping Feliciano can go into a few above-slot draft picks.