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The Pirates are still interested in Morneau.
The Pirates might not be done trading. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that they are still looking at Justin Morneau after the addition of Marlon Byrd this afternoon. Heyman says that the Twins would be willing to pay some of the $3 M that Morneau is owed over the final month of the year. He also says that while the Pirates paid a lot today for a rental in Byrd, they’ve deemed the requests from the Twins as too high.
I’ve written in the past about how Morneau would be an upgrade over Garrett Jones, although he wouldn’t be the monster upgrade that everyone is making him out to be. On the season he has an .821 OPS against right-handers, with a .565 OPS against lefties. He would replace Garrett Jones in the first base platoon, where Jones has a .731 OPS this year.
Morneau elevated his numbers this year with a monster stretch in the first two weeks of August, where he hit six homers. Since clearing waivers, Morneau has cooled, and is hitting for a .779 OPS, which is closer to his full season numbers. Still, Jones is struggling lately, so the Pirates would get the hotter bat if they added Morneau. The addition would also strengthen the bench by moving Jones to that role, although that depends on whether he could bounce back.
I don’t think the Pirates should over-pay for Morneau to the extent that they paid for Byrd. It was only a month ago that Jones had a hot bat (.804 OPS in July), while Morneau was the one struggling (.596 OPS in July). Things can change quickly for either player. I think that right field was the bigger need for the team, and Byrd has been consistently good this season. He also can hit lefties, which is an area where the Pirates have struggled. So overall, Byrd filled more needs than Morneau would. That doesn’t mean Morneau wouldn’t fill a need or be an upgrade. I just don’t see him being as big of an upgrade as he’s made out to be.
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As they say, timing is everything! The New York Mets timing has been off all year, this time as they dealt OF Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates on the SAME DAY they planned to give away T-shirts to fans in his honor. According to Ted Berg of “For the Win” (via USA Today), “Let it Fly” Marlon Byrd themed jerseys were poised for distribution as part of the Mets “T...
Acquiring Marlon Byrd did not swing the playoff odds too much, but Wednesday night’s win certainly did. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
It would take a Hindenburg-esque crash for the Pirates to miss the MLB postseason (98-percent chance Bucs make it), but it is unlikely they will take the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals (32 percent).
The Bucs can shoulder some blame. The Pirates...
Marlon Byrd had been in the Pittsburgh Pirates' clubhouse for all of five minutes when the newly acquired right fielder found his name penciled in as the cleanup hitter Wednesday night against Milwaukee.
Asked if he was surprised about being thrown into the lineup so quickly, the 12-year veteran the Pirates hope will help ignite a sagging offense just smiled.
Marlon Byrd didn’t have the game-winning hit or even the knockout blow, really, when the Pirates beat the Brewers Wednesday. But, the Pirates’ newest addition to the starting lineup made the most noise with a three-run home run over the center field fence and into the bushes that broke open a 4-1 ballgame in the bottom of the seventh.
“It was one of those things, you come to...
Marlon Byrd has been claimed off waivers by an unknown team.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Marlon Byrd has been claimed on waivers by an unknown team, and that the New York Mets could try and trade him. Yesterday we heard a similar report on Kendrys Morales. The difference here is that Byrd is in the NL, which means he only has to pass about 12-13 teams to get to the Pirates...
Adam Rubin does it again…
The Mets have sent cash, John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 19-year-old Single-A SS Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later, according to ESPN New York.
Herrera is the 20th best prospect in the Pirates minor leagues according to Baseball America and 11th according to MiLB.com.
Herrera, 19, is playing his first full season in...
The Mets have traded John Buck and Marlon Byrd and cash considerations to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 19-year-old Single-A second baseman Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later, according to ESPN New York.
Herrera is the 20th best prospect in the Pirates minor leagues according to Baseball America and 11th best according to MiLB.com who also ranked him just behind Wilmer...
Born: August 30, 1977
Drafted: 10th Round, 306th Overall, 1999 (Phillies)
How Acquired: Trade from Mets (with John Buck for Dilson Herrera and PTBNL)
College: Georgia Perimeter College
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Byrd has had an odd career. He hit consistently...
10:00 AM Update
Adam Rubin heard through the grapevine that Marlon Byrd was claimed off waivers.
The Mets can either pull him back or work out a deal with that one team.
8:30 AM Update
Among the candidates to be traded are catcher John Buck, outfielder Marlon Byrd and left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano. A source with knowledge of the Mets’ plans added that major...
According to his sources, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is reporting that the Mets plan to promote left-hander Robert Carson and outfielder Matt den Dekker to the majors from Triple-A Las Vegas. And although none of these moves have been officially announced.as of yet, Anthony Recker is also believed to be joining the group as well.
One spot will be opened with Matt Harvey soon...
Prohibitively, the addition of Marlon Byrd makes the Pittsburgh Pirates a better baseball team. Had Byrd been on the Pirates’ roster all season, he’d essentially be the third-best hitter on the team.
And, the Pirates may own three or four extra wins if he started 2013 in Pittsburgh with his WAR of 3.5. In contrast, the production received from right field this season from the...
Earlier today, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported that Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd had been claimed on waivers. It turns out the Pittsburgh Pirates had claimed him and hey did not claim Byrd to block him from other teams.
Adam Rubin is now reporting that the Mets have traded outfielder Marlon Byrd, catcher John Buck and cash to the Pirates. The Mets received minor-league second...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets.
Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington announced the deal on Tuesday afternoon. The Pirates will send New York minor league infielder Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later in exchange for two veterans Pittsburgh hopes will help the franchise to its first playoff...
Really, I'm not sure that I can pick my favorite moment from this game. Marlon Byrd's game-sealing three-run homer into centerfield bushes followed by a simultaneous Steve Blass and Twitter explosion of Byrd puns was pretty great, but all it really did was put the finishing touches on a game that had looked like a win for a while. For my money, I'm not sure I've ever...
The Mets took the field at Citi Field on Marlon Byrd t-shirt night devoid of their former starting outfielder and starting catcher John Buck. But that was not enough to keep the Mets from dominating the Phillies thanks to a stellar pitching performance from Mets starter Jonathan Niece, who tossed...