Mets Press Release On Taylor Tankersley

An article by posted on January 12, 2011

METS SIGN LHP TAYLOR TANKERSLEY

The New York Mets today announced that they have signed lefthanded pitcher Taylor Tankersley, who appeared in 27 games last year with the Florida Marlins, to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.

Tankersley, 27, didnt have a decision and earned six holds and a 7.50 ERA (10 earned runs/12.0 innings) with the Marlins last year.  The 6-0, 215-pounder held lefthanded hitters to a .200 (6-30) batting average in 2010.  He also went 4-2 with one save and a 3.42 ERA (10 earned runs/26.1 innings) in 27 games with New Orleans (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League last season.

He missed the 2009 campaign after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left elbow.  The Vicksburg, Miss. native led the Marlins with 22 holds in 2006 and won six games while appearing in 67 games the following year.

Tankersley is 8-3 with four saves and a 4.58 ERA (60 earned runs/118.0 innings) with 70 walks and 115 strikeouts in 168 major league games.  During Tankersley’s career, he’s held lefthanded batters to a .233 (42-188) mark.

Updated 11:45 PM

It’s official – The Mets have signed LHP Taylor Tankersley to a minor league deal. Terms of the deal have not been released as of yet. I will update this post when I get that information.

As you can see from the chart below that I generated at BR, Tankersley has been extremely effective against left handed hitters and should be a capable replacement for the departed Pedro Feliciano as the Mets situational left hander in the bullpen. 

SplitABHBBSOSO/BBBAOBPSLGOPS
vs RHB as LHP2506748631.31.268.386.452.838
vs LHB as LHP1884222522.36.223.313.372.686

Original Post 9:30 PM

According to Dave Gershman via Twitter and also on his site for MLB Blogs, sources have told him that the New York Mets have signed free agent reliever Taylor Tankersley to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

According to a source, the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league deal with Taylor Tankersley. The deal includes a Spring Training invite and is not yet official but was agreed upon on Friday.

I tried to confirm with a few co-workers at CBS Sports, but nobody had any info on it and one of them is going to try and get some confirmation from the Mets.

Tankersley, 27, is a left hander and last season with the Marlins he appeared in 27 games and had a 7.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP after being called up from a minor league rehab.

In 2009, the former first round pick was demoted and ended up needing elbow surgery due to a recurring stress fracture and missed the rest of the 2009 season.

In four major league seasons Tankersley has pitched 118 innings and has a 4.58 ERA and 1.52 WHIP working mostly as a lefty specialist. 

After the 2010 season, Tankersley refused a minor league assignment and became a free agent.

Incidentally, the Mets are at their 40 man roster limit. This means anyone they wish to sign would have to agree to a minor league deal, or the Mets would have to release a player under team control and let him pass through waivers, or cut someone outright. It’s kind of perplexing why they continue to waste a spot on Castillo.

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