Friday, July 19, 2013
Mets holding on to Byrd?
By Joe Kaiser
How likely is it that the New York Mets trade veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd in the weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline? We have our answer.
Byrd, 35, is someone who could generate trade interest due to his surprisingly strong production over the last month-and-a-half (he's batting .299 with nine home runs, 27 RBI and a .899 on-base-plus-slugging percentage since June 1, per Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger) and virtually non-existent price tag (he's owed $280,000 for the rest of the season). But given that Byrd may not be able to fetch much more than a middle-tier prospect with a questionable MLB future, it sounds as though the Mets may decide to just hold on to him.
"A guy like Marlon, he’s not costing us a lot of money, there’s the question then of what kind of talent we might be able to get back," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told The Star-Ledger on Thursday. "It’s still very important for us to try to be competitive because, regardless of what happens, this has been about changing perception and about what people can anticipate going into the future."
If Byrd is dealt, expect Pittsburgh, Texas, San Francisco and the New York Yankees to be among the teams interested. It's worth noting, too, that Byrd has been just as impressive in the field this season, showing surprising range and a plus arm.