Adam Rubin of ESPN New York learned that Blaine Boyer can opt out of his contract next Thursday and become a free agent on Opening Day. It had been assumed Boyer could still be sent to the minor leagues.
Boyer has allowed 1 run in 8 innings this spring, while striking out 7 and walking 2.
As such, Rubin now believes Boyer and Pedro Beato are most likely to join Francisco Rodriguez, Bobby Parnell, D.J. Carrasco, Tim Byrdak and Taylor Buchholz in the team’s Opening Day bullpen… meaning Jason Isringhausen heads home, and both Manny Acosta and Pat Misch would need to pass through waivers.
This is going to be a tough call. Yes, Boyer has looked good this spring, as he has not walked many batters. But, we’re talking about just 8 innings in Spring Training against weaker competition. What’s more, he’s 29 years old, and though he had a pretty good year in 2009, the Mets will be his fourth team in 6 seasons.
This is not to belittle or dismiss his impressive spring and potential for 2011, but I’m trying to keep this March in the context of his 10-year career – all of which needs to be weighed against Isrignhausen’s clicky elbow, and the risk’s associated with exposing Misch and Acosta to waivers.
I don’t know what the right move should be.