The Mets have traded John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pirates for second base prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later. Byrd was claimed earlier today off waivers by the Pirates, but it is unclear whether Buck cleared waivers or was claimed by Pittsburgh. The Pirates have been searching for an outfield bat for months now, and with the recent season-ending injury to Michael McKenry, they needed a backup catcher as well.
In return, the Mets get 19 year-old Dilson Herrera, a 19 year-old second baseman from Columbia. Herrera was the top prospect at his position in the Pirates organization, and was ranked by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com as the ninth ranked second base prospect in baseball. Here is what Mayo had to say about him:
Some international prospects come to the United States and are, at least initially, overwhelmed. Not so for Herrera, who made his U.S. debut in 2012 and was among the Gulf Coast League leaders in a host of offensive categories. While he’s not the biggest guy in the world, he’s shown he can really hit and projects to be an above-average hitter in the future, with more power than you’d expect from a guy his size. A well-above-average runner, the Colombian infielder should be able steal bases consistently, and that speed should also help him with his range as he continues to get used to playing second base, having shifted from playing third in the Dominican Summer League in 2011 after signing.
Herrera is having a strong season for West Virginia in the South Atlantic League, batting .265/.330/.421 in 109 games with 27 doubles, three triples, and 11 home runs. He has surprising power for someone who is listed at 5’10” and 150 pounds. Last season, he batted .286/.341/.489 with eight homers, 12 doubles, and five triples in 60 games between the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn leagues. His speed is arguably his best tool. Herrera has swiped 11 bases this season and has 39 in his minor league career.
Today’s trade comes after the Mets promoted Matt den Dekker, Robert Carson, and Anthony Recker early this morning, meaning a few players had to go to make room on the roster. After Matt Harvey‘s injury was announced yesterday, the Mets placed at least five players on waivers, including both Byrd and Buck.
Ironically, the Byrd trade comes on Marlon Byrd t-shirt night. Only the Mets…