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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 over $100 K.
UPDATE 2:08 PM: Jon Heyman reports it’s for a minor leaguer and a PTBNL, and that the Pirates are getting cash in the deal.
Byrd and Buck plus cash go to pirates for a minor leaguer and a ptbnl.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 27, 2013
UPDATE 2:10 PM: Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports the player is Dilson Herrera.
#Mets trading Buck, Byrd and cash to Pirates for MiLB SS Dilson Herrera and a PTBNL. More soon on http://t.co/ztv6wyKS6e.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 27, 2013
UPDATE 2:13 PM: Thoughts on the deal…
As I said this morning, the addition of Byrd will upgrade right field. It will also upgrade the bench with Jose Tabata moving out of the starting spot. That assumes Tabata continues to hit well. If Starling Marte can’t return sooner rather than later, then this adds a good replacement for him.
Buck is hitting for a .215/.285/.367 line in 368 at-bats this year, with 15 homers. He has power, but that’s pretty much it. At this point he’s another catcher for September, and maybe the guy they turn to in October. The Pirates can send Tony Sanchez down for ten days, and bring him back as the third catcher in September. They could also still bring up Kelly Shoppach and get creative with Sanchez or Martin elsewhere on the field.
Dilson Herrera was our number ten ranked prospect. He’s a Grade B hitter who has a great approach at the plate. He hasn’t had a dominant year at the plate this year in West Virginia, but he has held his own considering his young age. The Mets got a great return getting Herrera for one month of Byrd and Buck. The Pirates can afford to give that return, considering their system. They also don’t have any immediate middle infield needs (Herrera is only a second baseman), and they’ve got other options in the long-term like Alen Hanson and Jordy Mercer for the middle infield.