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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