Recently discovered news by Adam Rubin says that Mets RHP Blaine Boyer is eligible to opt out of his contract next Thursday, March 31st if he is not on the Mets Opening Day roster.
As this may make the bullpen decision difficult, it now means that Blaine Boyer in addition the Pedro Beato, Pat Misch or Manny Acosta must be on the opening day roster otherwise they must be returned to their team (Rule 5 Draft Pick Beato) exposed to waivers (Misch and Acosta) or risk losing them entirely (Boyer)
His ST numbers are good, striking out 8 and walking 2 in 8 innings allowing 1 run. However, these are spring training numbers and Boyer is a groundball machine, but best suited facing right-handed hitters and kept away from the lefties.
This news throws somewhat of a cog in the decision-making of the front office of the Mets and their bullpen construction, but Boyer has never been a great control pitcher, and as Dan Warthen has said, the Mets pitchers will “Get outs”. Someone who is prone to walking batters directly goes against this logic.
I personally don’t think this affects Jason Isringhausen’s chances of being on the opening day roster as he has experience as a closer, a set-up man and can be a much bigger asset in terms of helping the club’s pitching staff.