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Marlon Byrd has been claimed off waivers by an unknown team.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Marlon Byrd has been claimed on waivers by an unknown team, and that the New York Mets could try and trade him. Yesterday we heard a similar report on Kendrys Morales. The difference here is that Byrd is in the NL, which means he only has to pass about 12-13 teams to get to the Pirates. Heyman says that sources suggest an NL team made the claim.
It seems that the two teams most likely to claim Byrd are the Reds and Pirates. The Reds would have priority, so the Pirates would need Cincinnati to pass on Byrd to get a shot. Byrd is only under control through the 2013 season, so he’d only be appealing to a contender.
Joel Sherman also theorizes that the Pirates could be interested in John Buck as a backup to Russell Martin.
In theory #Pirates could be interested in Buck too as backup to Martin with McKenry now out for yr. #Mets
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 27, 2013
This could be possible, although they have Tony Sanchez as the backup, and Kelly Shoppach as the third catcher. All of the catchers share the same strong ability to call a game and frame pitches. Buck hasn’t rated highly in that last regard, so it doesn’t seem like he fits in with what the Pirates go for. I think Marlon Byrd is more likely, although again, that depends on the Reds passing on him.
Byrd currently has a .285/.330/.518 line in 425 at-bats this year, with 21 homers. He has been crushing lefties, with a .980 OPS, compared to a .783 OPS against right-handers. Jose Tabata has been having a great month, with a .308/.375/.492 line in 65 at-bats. He’s not really putting up any platoon splits on the season, with a .738 OPS against right-handers, and a .757 OPS against left-handers. Byrd would be an upgrade, and the bench would be stronger with Tabata. Or, if Starling Marte misses more time, Byrd would be a strong replacement, with Tabata staying as the starter in right field. But first the Pirates have to be the team that wins the claim on Byrd, and then the Mets would have to trade him. No word yet on that first part, but I’ll update this when the claiming team is known.
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As they say, timing is everything! The New York Mets timing has been off all year, this time as they dealt OF Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates on the SAME DAY they planned to give away T-shirts to fans in his honor. According to Ted Berg of “For the Win” (via USA Today), “Let it Fly” Marlon Byrd themed jerseys were poised for distribution as part of the Mets “T...
New York Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd has been claimed on waivers giving the team 48 hours to trade the 35-year-old.
While Byrd is inexpensive he will be a free agent at seasons end which may prompt the Mets to trade him. Previously the Mets had been reluctant to part with Byrd considering him a valuable piece of their team.
In 117 games this season Byrd is hitting .285/.330/.518...
Marlon Byrd had been in the Pittsburgh Pirates' clubhouse for all of five minutes when the newly acquired right fielder found his name penciled in as the cleanup hitter Wednesday night against Milwaukee.
Asked if he was surprised about being thrown into the lineup so quickly, the 12-year veteran the Pirates hope will help ignite a sagging offense just smiled.
Marlon Byrd didn’t have the game-winning hit or even the knockout blow, really, when the Pirates beat the Brewers Wednesday. But, the Pirates’ newest addition to the starting lineup made the most noise with a three-run home run over the center field fence and into the bushes that broke open a 4-1 ballgame in the bottom of the seventh.
“It was one of those things, you come to...
Adam Rubin does it again…
The Mets have sent cash, John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 19-year-old Single-A SS Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later, according to ESPN New York.
Herrera is the 20th best prospect in the Pirates minor leagues according to Baseball America and 11th according to MiLB.com.
Herrera, 19, is playing his first full season in...
Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd has been claimed off waivers by an unknown team sources said and the Mets could try to trade him.
With his low salary ($700000) and surperb season it is likely he was claimed by multiple teams but only the first eligible will have a chance t trade for him. That would most likely be a National League team.
Byrd is having a resurgent season after a dreadful...
The Mets have traded John Buck and Marlon Byrd and cash considerations to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 19-year-old Single-A second baseman Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later, according to ESPN New York.
Herrera is the 20th best prospect in the Pirates minor leagues according to Baseball America and 11th best according to MiLB.com who also ranked him just behind Wilmer...
Born: August 30, 1977
Drafted: 10th Round, 306th Overall, 1999 (Phillies)
How Acquired: Trade from Mets (with John Buck for Dilson Herrera and PTBNL)
College: Georgia Perimeter College
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Byrd has had an odd career. He hit consistently...
10:00 AM Update
Adam Rubin heard through the grapevine that Marlon Byrd was claimed off waivers.
The Mets can either pull him back or work out a deal with that one team.
8:30 AM Update
Among the candidates to be traded are catcher John Buck, outfielder Marlon Byrd and left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano. A source with knowledge of the Mets’ plans added that major...
According to his sources, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is reporting that the Mets plan to promote left-hander Robert Carson and outfielder Matt den Dekker to the majors from Triple-A Las Vegas. And although none of these moves have been officially announced.as of yet, Anthony Recker is also believed to be joining the group as well.
One spot will be opened with Matt Harvey soon...
Prohibitively, the addition of Marlon Byrd makes the Pittsburgh Pirates a better baseball team. Had Byrd been on the Pirates’ roster all season, he’d essentially be the third-best hitter on the team.
And, the Pirates may own three or four extra wins if he started 2013 in Pittsburgh with his WAR of 3.5. In contrast, the production received from right field this season from the...
Earlier today, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported that Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd had been claimed on waivers. It turns out the Pittsburgh Pirates had claimed him and hey did not claim Byrd to block him from other teams.
Adam Rubin is now reporting that the Mets have traded outfielder Marlon Byrd, catcher John Buck and cash to the Pirates. The Mets received minor-league second...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets.
Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington announced the deal on Tuesday afternoon. The Pirates will send New York minor league infielder Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later in exchange for two veterans Pittsburgh hopes will help the franchise to its first playoff...
Really, I'm not sure that I can pick my favorite moment from this game. Marlon Byrd's game-sealing three-run homer into centerfield bushes followed by a simultaneous Steve Blass and Twitter explosion of Byrd puns was pretty great, but all it really did was put the finishing touches on a game that had looked like a win for a while. For my money, I'm not sure I've ever...
The Mets took the field at Citi Field on Marlon Byrd t-shirt night devoid of their former starting outfielder and starting catcher John Buck. But that was not enough to keep the Mets from dominating the Phillies thanks to a stellar pitching performance from Mets starter Jonathan Niece, who tossed...