Oct 7, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Marlon Byrd (2) at the batting cage before playing the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League divisional series at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Francesa: Mets Interested in Marlon Byrd Reunion

According to Mike Francesa, the Mets are interested in bringing Marlon Byrd back in 2014.  Byrd, who was traded by the Mets to Pittsburgh in August along with John Buck, is a pending free agent.

Overall in 2013, Byrd had a triple slash of .291/.336/.511.  In 532 at bats, he hit 24 home runs, 35 doubles, and drove in 88 runs.  He struck out 144 times (24.9 percent of the time).

Byrd, who was suspended in 2012 for using performance enhancing drugs, was contemplating retirement before he was signed by the Mets.

It’s likely that Byrd will seek a multi-year deal this off-season.


Bringing Byrd back as a complementary piece is one thing.  Signing him, and touting him as a “big” outfield acquisition is another.

Byrd had a career year in 2013 as a 36 year old, setting career highs in slugging and home runs, and coming one RBI short of his career high of 89.  It’s unlikely that Byrd, who turns 37 next August, will be able to repeat that performance in 2014 and beyond.

I could be on board with the Mets bringing Byrd back as a second outfield addition, but he certainly should not be brought back and presented as a major piece.


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  • Joe.02

    I agree — no two year/Hairston like deal. The Mets need two strong additions (bats) and Byrd won’t do it for me. I say get a SS and a corner. If we are talking strong 1B replacement and SS … well, maybe.

    What’s the talk on Byrd’s worth?

    • anthony G. Decesare

      2 yrs at anywhere between 4-6 mil a year

    • Joe.02

      That would be a “no.”

    • anthony G. Decesare

      I think he is part of the mid-tier moves they make.

  • MDonaldWilpon

    I can just see those season ticket sales dripping in now….

  • blastingzone

    I agree Byrd by himself would be a repeat of last year but signing two outfielders
    who can drive in runs for RF and LF and a SS who can hit would be a big
    improvement even with Duda at first base!

  • AnakinCorleone

    It depends on how sold the Mets are on Cesar Puello’s prospect status. Byrd had said earlier this season that he wouldn’t mind coming back to the Mets next season as a 4th outfielder. If the Mets think Puello can start in AAA and make that jump, bringing Byrd back at a reasonable price to start 2014 and become a 4th outfielder later on might be worth it.

    Of course, if his 2013 performance pushes him into a different price range, good luck Marlon wherever you end up outside of Queens.

  • Big Blue

    Blah, blah….Byrd…..as a bench player, if they are going to bring someone back make it Beltran, but they MUST acquire a clean-up hitter that is a top bat in all of baseball and that would drastically improve Wright’s numbers across the board have that type of protection.

    I would trade Syndergaard, Florres, and Lagares for Gincarlon Stanton in a heartbeat to get a LEGIT POWER BAT behind Wright so not only would we get Stanton’s 30 HRs 100 RBIs 90 runs .900 OPS and cannon arm for right field, BUT WE WOULD see Wrights numbers improve in every category as pitchers would have to pitch to him.

    They can waste $140M on Choo, or get cheap and waste $75M on Cruz or Granderson, or get VERY cheap and sign Byrd who is past his prime, but trading ONE of the two blue chip starters in Montero and Syndergaard along with a MLB 3Bman with a VERY high ceiling in Florres, and GREAT CFer. I would of course prefer they moved den Decker than Lagares, but NONE of those players are proven and there is ZERO guarantee they will excel.

    Just look at Generation K in Paul Wilson, Pulsipher, and Izzy. Or look at Ed Yarnell, Kazmir, Petit, Humber (ALL NO DOUBT PITCHERS at the time of their trade and look at them now.)

    Same goes for Montero and Syndergaard.

    We got Leiter, Delgado and Piazza in different deals for a combined Ed Yarnell, Y. Petit, Mike Jacobs….the big pieces of each deal, none of the other players in those deals are starting MLB players now, and only Kazmir is in a rotation.

    I WOULD bring back Beltran for 2 years 24M, but I would dedicate 80% of the offseason in acquiring Stanton who CAN EASILY BE HAD for players that don’t hit Free Agency until 2019, the exact MLB ready talent that the Marlins always look for.

    FOR FREE AGENTS- Peralta, Arroyo will do just fine as our 2014 shortstop and #4-5 SP. Would love Nolasco, but may cost more than he is worth.

    For very little money and prospects we could have a lineup of:
    1. Eric Young 2B/LF
    2. Murphy 1B
    3. Wright 3B
    4. Stanton LF/RF
    5. Beltran CF/RF
    6. Affordable OFer or Lagarese if not in Stanton deal
    7. d’Arnaud C
    8. Peralta SS
    Rotation- Niese- Wheeler- Gee- Arroyo/Nolasco/Johan -Montero
    Pen for games tied/ahead- German, Mejia, Torres, Black/Parnell

    Thats a 90 win team with 2015 with Harvey and no other pitching injuries is a division winner……………………
    And for the Coupons, payroll doesn’t exceed 80M when they said $120ish is in the budget.

  • John Herling

    At his age, no one will offer him a multi-year deal. If the Mets make him a good offer for one year, he should take the money and run.

  • John T. Smith

    Byrd as a fourth outfielder on a one year deal is one thing but a multi-year contract for any player his age is a very bad idea. Also, if they sign management will sell him as the “big bat” in the outfield.