Update 3:33- Joel Sherman is now saying that rival executives would be “shocked” if the Mets made a deal before the deadline.
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It’s not over yet. According to Joel Sherman, the Mets are suddenly once again getting calls on Marlon Byrd. According to his sources, the Pirates, a team desperate for bats, is one of the teams showing interest in the outfielder.
Byrd, 36, is hitting .282/.325/.512 with 17 home runs, a .356 wOBA, and a career-best 131 wRC+.He is making only $700,000 this season, so he is a cheaper alternative and doesn’t come with a multi-year commitment, as Byrd becomes a free agent after this season. The market appears to be opening up at just the right time, as Ale Rios fouled a ball of his foot in the White Sox game last night, scaring off some suitors. With the Rangers unsure about Nelson Cruz‘s possible upcoming PED suspension, they make sense as a destination for Byrd. Even with Cruz in the lineup, they were looking for right-handed bats regardless.
Here are a few other notable updates as the deadline approaches.
- Sherman said on the MLB Network Trade Deadline Special that the chances of a Byrd deal going down in the next two hours are “doubtful,” but that interest in Byrd is picking up as teams circle back to the Mets.
- According to Matt Cerrone of SNY, the Mets have been asking for a major league ready hitting prospect in exchange for Byrd.
- Cerrone adds that the Mets are not being offered top 100 prospects in exchange for Byrd.
- The Rangers have been very aggressive in trying to upgrade their offense, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.