Marlon Byrd, John Buck On the Move?

By Danny Abriano

With three players from AAA Las Vegas en route to New York, it’s being reported (initially by Adam Rubin) that the Mets are likely to make at least one trade in the next “24 to 48 hours.”

Aug 20, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Marlon Byrd (6) high fives first baseman Daniel Murphy (28) and first baseman Ike Davis (29) after hitting a two-run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As Rubin first reported, Marlon Byrd has been claimed off waivers (Jon Heyman recently reported that a National League team put in the claim for Byrd).  Since Byrd has been claimed, it means that the Mets have two options: trade Byrd to the team who claimed him, or pull him back.  I don’t see any scenario where the Mets allow the claiming team to simply keep Byrd – it would make zero sense business wise.

There has been no news – concrete or otherwise – regarding whether or not John Buck was claimed or passed through waivers.  However, with Anthony Recker on his way to New York, it makes sense to believe that Buck is also a part of trade discussions at the moment.

Aside from Byrd and Buck, there are other players who could be part of trade discussions.  Two who come to mind are relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Pedro Feliciano.  It would be surprising if the Mets dealt Ike Davis, being that his value is so low at the moment, but I suppose anything is possible.  Other trade candidates include Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy.

If the reports are accurate, this will shake out in the near-term.

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