Tim Byrdak can opt out of his deal with Mets

According to Mike Silva of NY Baseball Digest, if he’s not added to the 40-man roster in the next 24 hours, Tim Byrdak can opt out of his current minor-league deal with the Mets and become a free agent after tomorrow.

The good news is, for quite a while now, Byrdak has been considered a lock to make the Opening Day bullpen, along with Francisco Rodriguez, Bobby Parnell, D.J. Carrasco and Taylor Buchholz.

Jason Irisinghausen, Blaine Boyer, Manny Acosta, Pat Misch and Pedro Beato have seemingly been competing for the final two spots.

This morning, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported that Boyer can also 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.

In regards to Byrdak and the 40-man roster, Silva points out:

“Right now there are 38 players on the 40 man roster, and Francisco Rodriguez, who is on the inactive list, really makes it 39. If Boyer, Willie Harris, and Byrdak are to make the team, as many report, there would have to be another two spots opened up.”