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Marlon Byrd, coming off a 50-game suspension following his June 2012
release from the Boston Red Sox has agreed to a minor league contract with The
New York Mets. This marks the Mets third free-agent acquisition of the
week. Byrd, at age 35, is the youngster in the crowd.
The Mets outfield projects as one of the weakest in the Major Leagues.
Each position could stand an upgrade, or at least a name of a player who will
be there. This is in the same division where Atlanta's
off-season dealing now lets them boast a trio that may arguably prove to be the
big leagues best, with both Upton
brothers and Jason Heyward. Byrd, who has played centerfield
primarily, will have to win a spot on the Mets roster. With his prior
defensive experience, one must think that all three positions would be
possibilities should Byrd catch on with New
Byrd was traded by the Chicago Cubs to Boston
in April of 2012, and totaled only 153 at-bats with a .210 BA before the Red
Sox let him go on June 12. Two weeks later, MLB announced he tested
positive for Tamoxifen, which can reduce side effects of steroid use and
increase testosterone. An All-Star as recently as 2010 as a member of the
Cubs, Byrd has appeared with five organizations. His best-prolonged
success came with the Texas Rangers 2007-09.
Earlier in the week, the Mets announced the signing of two relief pitchers,
Scott Atchison, 36 and a five-year veteran, and 40-year old LaTroy Hawkins, an 18-year
vet with nearly 900 appearances made. All these moves are obviously being
made to for the short term, as the Wilpon-owned Mets continue to be unable to
commit money to quality ballplayers beyond team icon David Wright.
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When your team has an outfield situation as desperate as the Mets’ is (Andrew Brown is going to compete for a starting job after having trouble staying on Colorado’s major league roster in 2012), any new is good news. Yesterday, that good news came in the form of 11-year veteran Marlon Byrd signing a Minor League contract.
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