Earlier this season, it was reported that despite being near
the bottom of the National League East, the New York Mets were planning on
retaining veterans Marlon Byrd and Bobby Parnell. Some teams say things like
this over the summer and winter to bolster trade values, but the Mets still genuinely
believe they’ll hang onto both players in an effort to be competitive over the
second half of the season and beyond, according to Andy Martino of The New York
Martino heard from a source that the Mets are still “highly
likely” to retain both Byrd and Parnell through the upcoming July 31 trade
deadline. The only way New York moves either player is if they receive a
package they “simply can’t turn down,” according to Martino’s source.
That is unlikely to happen, considering we’re not talking
about a David Price or Giancarlo Stanton in either case. While Byrd and Parnell
could be nice additions to teams hoping to contend well into the fall, the Mets
appear to be more interested in retaining both players with an eye on building
as much positive momentum as they can over the next few months rather than
cashing them in with an eye to the future.
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