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Mets sign outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract

Feb 1, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

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While many Mets fans are still dreaming of Michael Bourn and a protected first-round draft pick, the team just announced that they have signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

Byrd batted just .210/.243/.245 with one home run and a .488 OPS in 153 plate appearances last season between the Cubs and Red Sox. The 35-year-old was released by Boston in early June and was later suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Byrd served his 50-game suspension while on the restricted list, so he would be able to start the season in the majors if he makes the Opening Day roster. The Mets are seriously hurting for depth in their outfield at the moment, so it’s worth a shot to see if there’s anything left in the tank. For what it’s worth, Byrd boasts a .780 career OPS against left-handed pitching.

  1. dondada10 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Right now the outfield looks like Duda/Cowgill/Capt’n Kirk/Bixler/Baxter. Byrd might end up getting 400 ABs with the Mets.

  2. cackalackyank - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Not quite what anyone would be hoping for. Just to get in a related comment for the 50 game suspension comment: If that stat line is the product of a user it certainly proves how they help a players game. To me it shows that you still have to have a skill set and ability to put up numbers…so maybe these substances do not inflate stats with such certainty as some folks would like to believe.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Awesome.

    One less embarrassing signing for the Red Sox this offseason.

  4. thebadguyswon - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Can you name me one Mets fan “dreaming of signing Michael Bourn?”

    Its Michael Bourn, not Michael Trout.

    • dondada10 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Maybe not “dreaming”, but I would love Bourn in centerfield. He fills two major needs: lead-off and centerfield. However, not at the expense of the 11th pick.

      • thebadguyswon - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        I’m “meh” on Bourn. If they get him with losing the pick, fine.

      • kappy32 - Feb 2, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Have you taken a look at the talent in this year’s draft? Baseball fans have been spoiled the past few years with some pretty good players coming from the amateur draft & making waves in the majors very quickly. This year, that’s not going to be the case; maybe with the exception of Mark Appel. After Appel & the P from Indiana State, the next 12-15 best available are all HS kids. Gauging the ability of a college first rounder is hard enough; predicting a HS first rounder is an absolute crap-shoot. Having the 11th pick this year is comparable to having an early second round pick in average depth draft classes. Baseball draft picks don’t hold the same weight as do football draft picks because unlike the high success & immediate-impact expectancy of NFL first rounders, baseball is lucky to have 10% of their first round picks make the major team & be an everyday starter. The Mets have ZERO talent in the OF on the big team & even LESS on the farm, so signing Borne will not be a stop-gap move (especially since next year’s free agent OF class is worse that this year’s deplorable class has been). Borne on the Mets from 30-35 years old is better than any option they have & is better than hoping a player from the weakest draft class in decades will even make the big team in the next 10 years. Bottom line: Suring up CF from 2013-2016/17 is a more attractive long-term option than keeping, hoping & praying the 11th pick pans out.

      • dondada10 - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Good post. You’re right.

    • chill1184 - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      Certainly not me. 30 year old CF along with having to give one of your enemies a sandwich draft pick and killing your draft pool money. No thanks

  5. phuckphilly99 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Russ Canzler can’t be any worse than this guy and certainly comes with less baggage.

    • thebadguyswon - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Dude….he’s competing for the fifth OF spot on a minor league deal. There’s no guarantee he even makes the team.

      • purnellmeagrejr - Feb 2, 2013 at 7:35 AM

        The name is Duda – not Dude, duda.

  6. Dan the Mets Fan - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Suck on it, rest of the NL East, we got Marlon Byrd!

    • thebadguyswon - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      The Marlins just saw fourth place slip from their grasp.

      • Old Gator - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Unless you mean they’ve got a lock on third, no. The Feesh, to paraphrase Goethe, are hugging the seabed with tentacles of lebenslust and an amazing talent for camouflage that makes them indistinguishable from the rocks, pebbles and sunk costs.

  7. whmiv21 - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    .488 OPS? I knew he was bad last year, but wow.

  8. kappy32 - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Ok, so our outfield went from a Rookie-A ball outfield to a regular A ball outfield. That influx of cash is killing it!!!

  9. kappy32 - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    The very sad thing here, just to add, is that Byrd will almost definitely out-produced Lucas Duda in 2013.

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