The Pirates acquired Marlon Byrd.rlon Byrd
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets, according to Adam Rubin.
Source: John Buck and Marlon Byrd to #Pirates. #mets
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) August 27, 2013
We heard earlier that an unknown team claimed Marlon Byrd, and obviously that team is the Pirates. Joel Sherman speculated today that the Pirates could also be interested in Buck, due to their need for catching. I’m surprised that Byrd made it past the Reds and to the Pirates. I’m also surprised Buck was added, since he doesn’t really have the pitch framing skills that the Pirates go for.
No word yet on the players going back to New York. Byrd is only under control through the remainder of the 2013 season. Buck is also a free agent at the end of the year, so both are just rentals. Buck is making $6 M this year, so he will be owed about $1 M for the rest of the season. Byrd is making $700 K this year, so he’ll only cost a little o...