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The Mets are hesitant to trade Marlon Byrd

Jul 13, 2013, 1:25 PM EST

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After a lost year, Marlon Byrd has exceeded all expectations this season by batting .263 with 15 home runs, 49 RBI, and an .804 OPS through 77 games  With the Mets unlikely to make a run at things, many have logically speculated that the club will attempt to sell high by the trade deadline later this month. Then again, maybe not.

During an appearance on MLB Network Radio this morning, Mets special assistant to the GM J.P. Ricciardi indicated that the team won’t move Byrd unless they are overwhelmed.

Byrd is unlikely to be a contributor on the 2014 team, so it would be silly to dismiss the possibility of a trade entirely. And teams often say things like this in order to drive up prices. But the Mets had a similar situation last year with Scott Hairston and ended up keeping him. It ultimately comes down to whether the team prefers the chance to win another couple of games with Byrd over the possibility of receiving a lower level prospect in return. Recent history suggests they may stand pat.

  1. uuddlrlrbastart - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    It’s not like Byrd has any sort of salary to speak of, so there’s no pressing need to move him. They should hold out for something, rather than simply dumping him for organizational depth.

  2. mianfr - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Some intern should really just leave a newspaper cutout of NL East standings with the Mets’ record highlighted on Sandy Alderson’s desk.

    Playing hard to get only works with legitimately good players.

  3. rmcd13 - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    While he might be having a good 2013, his numbers scream fluke. Byrd has a .233 Isolated Slugging this season, in contrast to a career .141 ISO. His walk rate is near a career low and his strikeout rate is easily a career high. Byrd is having a lucky year where all of his relatively few hits are going for extra bases.

    I can’t imagine there are any teams willing to part with decent prospects to acquire Byrd. While it might be better for the Mets to trade him for some Single-A arms, keeping Byrd isn’t going to prevent them from getting good prospects. Even though Byrd isn’t all that great, he is way better than the sub-replacement chum the Mets would have to play in his place.

    • jwbiii - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Right. It’s not like Kirk Nieuwenhuis (232/339/486 in Las Vegas) is beating down the door.

      • dohpey28 - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        Ummm Nieuwenhuis is already on the team.

      • jwbiii - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Gives self a thumbs down.

  4. mantastic54 - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    They aren’t going to get anything if worth for him, so might as well hang on to him. This team has actually been watchable the past few weeks with Duda and Tejada out if the lineup and now Ike Davis no longer determined to swing at every pitch he sees

  5. dondada10 - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I’m torn on trading Byrd.

    Moving him would open up an outfield spot for a younger player. Eric Young Jr. has been playing every day and has taken reps away from Lagares and Nieuwenhuis and Duda is on the DL. Plus Satin needs a position and could potentially play a corner outfield spot.

    Plus, who know what becomes of the prospect. Sometimes a failed SP prospect becomes a decent reliever.

  6. riverace19 - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    M.E.T.S.= IDIOTS.
    Perfect sell high situation.
    They will hang on to Byrd and watch him hit .220 with no walks and 6 HRs the rest of the way

  7. tbutler704 - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Do a search on Twitter for “mets wildcard” LOL. Met fans are so totally delusional! #GoBraves

  8. tfbuckfutter - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Best of luck to whoever trades for him.

    I’m sure you’ll have more luck in your next job.

  9. txraiderfan - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Byrd isn’t as horrible as people make him out to be; however, why keep him? It’s a lost year. Take what you can get. It’s not going to be that much, but why not get at least some low A prospect and salary relief. Am I missing something?

  10. sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Dude is 35 yrs old… He’s not going to be a part of your turnaround, whenever that may be…

    Move him, even if it’s for a carton of Cracker Jack…

    By the time the Met’s compete again, he’ll long be retired so move him for something vs. keeping him for nothing.

    Whatever he adds to the team isn’t going to make a difference as they are not going to be in the playoffs.

    Now, if he was 25 yrs old, it would be a different story…

  11. 13arod - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    .263 batting average and 15 homeruns isnt bad it is above average

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Correct, his batting average and HR totals are above average.

      But to me, a team should be playing to win a championship.

      Before games today, the Cubs have a better winning percentage than the Mets (.451 to .449).

      I’m a Cubs fan, but they suck.

      Now, even if Byrd goes on a tear and ends up with a .285 average this year, what does it contribute to them winning anything? Nothing is the correct answer. Maybe he helps them pass the Phillies for 3rd place instead of ending up in 4th place like they are.

      A GM always need to be trying to improve his team to where it may compete for a championship.

      Since Byrd is 35 yrs old, he isn’t going to be around or help the Mets compete for a championship as he’ll be gone by the time they compete again.

      In these circumstances, I would try and flip him for anything, even an minor leaguer or two who at least has the possibility of being there and helping the team when they are competing again.

      It starts with the pitching and the Met’s have some great young arms. If they stay healthy and continue to improve, the Met’s will be OK.

      But Byrd isn’t going to be a part of their next contending team, so move him.

  12. steve7921 - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Does that mean that JP and Sandy sometimes make trades that are a joke?

  13. yousuxxors - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Byrd has been making the mets watchable which will put people in the stands. (he will most likely come back to earth)cash more important to them right now than a prospect who probably isn’t going to amount to nothing. they need to be blown away.

  14. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Very happy to see JP Ricciardi is working for the muts, I mean I hope he can do for them what he did for the bluejays, LOL

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