Texas Rangers interested in Marlon Byrd, could it be a match?

Posted: July 25, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

With just six days to go before the trade deadline, the Mets continue to insist that they will not be selling off rental pieces such as Marlon Byrd.

If the team can get a nice mid level prospect for Byrd, they should pull the trigger. Byrd has been fantastic this season and without him, a below average Mets offense is in Marlins territory.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted that the Rangers are interested in reacquiring Byrd and are looking at him along with other outfielders.

Byrd, who will be 36 in August had some of his best seasons in Texas and was one of the best centerfielders in baseball back then.

Texas seems to have a full outfield but a looming suspension to All-Star Nelson Cruz has the Rangers looking for another bat.

Texas has a great farm system. When the Mets were taking to Jon Daniels and the Rangers about Carlos Beltran two summers ago, the name Robbie Ross came up a few times.

Marlon Byrd was a very good player in Texas before leaving as a free agent for the Cubs in 2010

Marlon Byrd was a very good player in Texas before leaving as a free agent for the Cubs in 2010

Ross, 24, has been a dynamic setup man for Texas since being called up to the majors last season. He is a lefty but has been able to get righties out too in his young career.

I doubt the Rangers would give up a significant piece like Ross from their major league club but they could have more young prospects like Ross was in 2011 when he could have been dealt to the Mets.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York tweeted Thursday that the Red Sox and Blue Jays are currently scouting the Mets but it’s unknown who they would be looking at or if it is just due diligence.

Again, it doesn’t sound like the Mets will deal Byrd and have put winning games at a higher priority than the future at this time according to Sandy Alderson.

The Mets are ten games back and nine under .500 so I don’t agree with this strategy but they aren’t getting a ton for a rental like Byrd anyway so if they hung on to him, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

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