The deadline has come and passed and Marlon Byrd remains a New York Met. What appears to be the quietest trade deadline in recent memory should also be an indication to Mets fans what the 35-year-old Byrd means to the club as it attempts to create a winning culture in these Summer months.
Marlon Byrd should and could have been a good scenario for many MLB teams that were seeking a corner outfielder as he comes with a low salary and is the midst of what appears to be his best season (284 BA, 17 HR and 60 RBI) since 2009 (283 BA, 20 HR, 89 RBI).
The Mets remained willing to listen to offers for Byrd but Sandy Alderson remained consistent in his stance as the trade deadline approached, making it clear that unless he was blown away by an offer, then he would choose to stay put and not trade away his team leader in home runs and RBI for a mid-level prospect that could not help in the near future.
Mets continue to listen to offers on Marlon Byrd but not dealing him unless they get a significant prospect back
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 28, 2013
With that, the deadline came and went and apparently no team stepped up and met the price tag New York put on Byrd. When all was said and done, according to Metsblog.com, Alderson said “if we can create some momentum this season, whether it results in a playoff run or not, that will have a more positive effect on organization and our fans than acquiring a few mid-level prospects.”
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As a Mets fan this scenario is what I had hoped for all along. With the Mets 9 games back behind the Cardinals and Reds for a Wild Card spot, I felt it was more beneficial for the Mets to battle till the end and to continue in trying to establish a winning mindset in the clubhouse. The message needs to be to the young players that this is not over and that they need to finish what they started regardless of the dwindling possibility of clinching a wild card spot. Keeping Marlon Byrd to me sends the message that they were not just going to give away Byrd for a mid-level prospect and that continuing to win is the main priority.
With next season looking more and more like a “show me something” kind of season from the fans to Sandy Alderson, I feel that keeping Byrd, with the hope of acquiring free agent outfielder will set things up to have him as a 4th outfielder along with a dependable bat when called upon. I for one am still very excited about the remainder of the season for the development of players like Juan Lagares, Eric Young Jr and Zach Wheeler who all have raised their production since the Wheeler Promotion. I am hoping at the very least that the Mets continue to fight and chop away at that wild card lead, which may not clinch a wild card spot but will give the young players a priceless experience of what late season games are all about. With fifty-eight games to go, lets go Mets!