The Mets announced after today’s game that they have designated veteran reliever Brandon Lyon for assignment. Greg Burke will be called up before Friday’s game to take his place in the bullpen.
Signed to a one-year, $750,000 deal over the winter, Lyon owns a 4.98 ERA and 23/13 K/BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings over 37 appearances this season. The 33-year-old right-hander has really struggled recently, allowing nine runs on 14 hits and seven walks over his last seven appearances. He gave up an RBI single to Martin Prado today in an eventual loss to the Diamondbacks.
Lyon had a 3.12 ERA less than one month ago and posted a 3.10 ERA in 67 appearances last season between the Astros and Blue Jays, so while the Mets are ready to turn the page, he should resurface somewhere fairly quickly.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.