Mets Have Shown Interest in Marlon Byrd

Marc Craig of Newsday reports that the New York Mets have shown interest in Marlon Byrd.

The Mets have shown interest in Marlon Byrd. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Mets have shown interest in Marlon Byrd. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Byrd was acquired by the Pirates from the Mets in exchange for Dilson Herrera and Vic Black. He had a great season last year, but there are questions of whether he can repeat that career performance at his age. A lot of the estimates I’ve seen floating around have Byrd getting $15 M over two years. Both the Mets and Pirates have holes in the outfield, so both would be looking at him as a starting option. The Pirates have a hole in right field, although of their offensive needs, I think that is the smaller need.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea if they gave the right field job to Andrew Lambo and Jose Tabata. That gives Tabata a chance to show that his performance in the final two months of 2013 wasn’t a fluke. Tabata hit for a .312/.357/.490 line in 157 at-bats from August to the end of the season. It would also give the Pirates a chance to see what Andrew Lambo could do in the majors, after he hit 33 combined home runs in 2013 between Double-A, Triple-A, and the majors. It’s very possible that Gregory Polanco could be ready to take over in right field during the second half of the 2014 season. He has been tearing up the Dominican Winter League so far, with the pitching in the league being the equivalent of Triple-A. That means the Pirates might only have a few months to see if they have anything in Tabata or Lambo, before Polanco takes over full-time.

The Pirates could sign Byrd to a two-year deal, then trade him after the 2014 season. That would give Polanco a full year in Triple-A. But that also prevents the Pirates from finding out whether Tabata and Lambo are legit.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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