Mets sign Marlon Byrd to a minor league deal

Posted: February 1, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanimages

The Mets signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor league deal today with an invitation to spring training. Byrd, 35, has been a solid centerfielder throughout most of his career until 2012 when he hit .210 and was suspended 50 games in June for using a performance enhancing substance. Byrd was an all-star in 2010 and made a brilliant play to rob now-teammate John Buck of a base hit in the 9th inning of a National League win. Byrd in 2010 hit .357 vs. lefties and in 2012 hit .327 although last year was a small sample size. If Byrd makes the team, he may actually start on opening day if the Padres start a lefty.

Byrd did also receive interest from the Miami Marlins this winter.

Byrd can play all three outfield positions and would make a terrific 4thor 5th outfielder for Mets. Byrd will compete with Andrew Brown as the right-hand hitting outfielder off the bench for the Mets in spring training and I would give him the advantage in that matchup. It’s to Byrd’s advantage that the Mets really struggled vs. lefties last season and have a lack of right-hand hitting outfielders. Byrd really struggled last year with the Red Sox but if he can show he was the player he has been before 2012, the Mets might have something here.

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