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.

Thoughts:

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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