Found July 19, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The renaissance season of Marlon Byrd is likely to finish where it started, as a member of the New York Mets. Despite the presumption that there may be considerable interest from contenders in the near future, the Mets are now telling inquiring teams that Byrd will not be traded unless they receive an offer they can't refuse. Citing the importance of remaining competitive and the advantage of Byrd's inexpensive contract, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson recently spoke to Jorge Castillo of the New Jersey Star-Ledger on the topic of the veteran standout. "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," Alderson said. "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." With Byrd due to receive only $280,000 over the remainder of his 1-year deal, the Mets are risking very little financially by continuing to employ the 35-year old outfielder. A year after being suspended 50-games for testing positive for a banned substance, Byrd has has returned with a vengeance to the Mets lineup. In 79 games, Byrd has posted a .271/.316/.502 batting line with 15 home runs and 51 RBI's. Gradually becoming the most productive offensive player in the Mets lineup aside from David Wright, he has shown no signs of slowing down with an increase of playing time. If the Mets were to bring down their asking price on Byrd, potential suitors such as the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, and the Pittsburgh Pirates may emerge with significant interest in acquiring his services. Until they say otherwise, the safe bet is on Marlon Byrd remaining nestled in Queens. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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