Mets To Sign Taylor Tankersley

The Mets have signed left-handed reliever Taylor Tankersley to a minor league deal, the team announced. Dave Gershman of the SPANdemonium blog first reported the agreement, which includes a Spring Training invitation, and MLBTR confirmed the deal.

The team's search for a lefty out of the bullpen began in earnest after losing Hisanori Takahashi and Pedro Feliciano in free agency.  At times the Mets have been linked to some of the stronger left-handed relievers on the market such as Brian Fuentes, but for the most part they have targeted more affordable options this winter.

Tankersley, 28, missed all of the 2009 major league season with an elbow injury.  After seeing limited action as a lefty specialist in 2010, he rejected a minor league assignment and was granted free agency in October.  In four seasons with the Marlins, Tankersley had a 4.58 ERA with 8.8 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9.  The reliever is represented by Tom O'Connell.


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45 Comments on "Mets To Sign Taylor Tankersley"


roberty
4 years 7 months ago

Siiiiiick. Tankersley was born to pitch for the Mets. I’d prefer Ron Mahay.

guydavis
4 years 7 months ago

Didn’t he sign a two year deal? Cos that was never gonna happen with the Mets. We all would have preferred Mahay.

guydavis
4 years 7 months ago

Didn’t he sign a two year deal? Cos that was never gonna happen with the Mets. We all would have preferred Mahay.

Minor League deal? Where were you Baltimore??

Babawhitesox
4 years 7 months ago

Nice job Span!

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

Much appreciated. Glad I could help.

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

Very nice SPAN! Congrats on this!

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

I really appreciate it. Just doing what I could.

FreeBald
4 years 7 months ago

Well he’s got the power of alliteration going for him, something Oliver Perez narrowly missed out on.

pastlives
4 years 7 months ago

span how did you break this!? haha

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

Just got some info and went from there.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Good job, brothaman.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Good job, brothaman.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks bro

metsman
4 years 7 months ago

a 4.58 ERA back when he was healthy ? I’ll take my chances with Ollie thanks.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

You can’t be serious.

4 years 7 months ago

Ollie posts 6+ERA when healthy. Minor league deal can’t hurt.

4 years 7 months ago

Ollie posts 6+ERA when healthy. Minor league deal can’t hurt.

Blue387
4 years 7 months ago

As a Mets fan, I must say Oliver Perez couldn’t find the strike zone if it walked over and slapped him on the face.

Infield Fly
4 years 7 months ago

Then again, with all the shelling Ollie takes a smack in the face straight from the K zone would probably just be business as usual. What that boy really needs is some chin music (repeat as needed until message finally sinks in).

wkkortas
4 years 7 months ago

Leave K-Rod out of it.

METfan201
4 years 7 months ago

Good job on the report SPAN. I see u on alot of posts. And as for u mets man u lost ur mind! Lol OLLiE can go to hell!

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks Man. I used to post a lot. Lately, I’ve been really busy working on blogs and such.

4 years 7 months ago

Good signing for a loogy. I’ve always liked this guy when he was with the Marlins.

Infield Fly
4 years 7 months ago

….And I always hated him when he was with the Fish….which comes down to the same thing. 😀

scluse
4 years 7 months ago

I remember back when he was with the Fish, his slider was UNHITTABLE and pair that with a 92-95 MPH heater. But IMHO I can’t help to think that at least 1 or 2 of these guys that Sandy and Co. are signing will inevitably hit the DL however for the salaries involved and the possible upside you really can’t go wrong.

scluse
4 years 7 months ago

I remember back when he was with the Fish, his slider was UNHITTABLE and pair that with a 92-95 MPH heater. But

scluse
4 years 7 months ago

Sorry for the double post.

MetsDieHard4Life
4 years 7 months ago

minor league signing. RELAAAAAAAAX

4 years 7 months ago

great move imo. exactly what they wanted to do. sandys making moves that make sense, might be risky moves but he is putting a makeshift roster together while implementing a long term plan.

4 years 7 months ago

great move imo. exactly what they wanted to do. sandys making moves that make sense, might be risky moves but he is putting a makeshift roster together while implementing a long term plan.

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

Perpetual…Taylor?

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

Perpetual…Taylor?

4 years 7 months ago

Man, I feel bad for Mets fans. With each post on this site it keeps getting worse and worse.

nymets4581
4 years 7 months ago

How is this a bad signing? Low risk, high reward left handed reliever. nothing wrong with that.

BravesRed
4 years 7 months ago

I give credit where credit is due, so congrats SPAN.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

I say thank you when thanks is due, so thanks Braves Red.

BravesRed
4 years 7 months ago

That got a chuckle out of me.

4 years 7 months ago

Tank throws gas but is so wild. Man the pen on the Mets is shaky. Hope we sign a starter than can go at least 6 innings. Young’s medical records must be bad for him to wait this long to get signed. Bush signing looks more and more likely.I also predict Mejia will be in the rotation by the trading deadline

4 years 7 months ago

Is 87.4 gas? How about the 90.6 he averaged back in 2006 when he was healthy?

Chuck345
4 years 7 months ago

The pen on the Mets is shaky, the rotation on the Mets is shaky, the lineup is shaky…..and so on…

4 years 7 months ago

The Mets are running a monopoly on injured free agent pitchers

BravesRed
4 years 7 months ago

Rangers signed Webb, and Tigers signed Penny.

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
4 years 7 months ago

With JP Ricciardi’s input, the Mets are signing Tomo Ohka, John Thompson, Kevin Mench and Brad Wilkerson. oh wait I’m just revisiting a Nightmare!