Mets will make Signing Marlon Byrd a ‘high priority’ this Winter

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanUnknown

The Mets will make signing Marlon Byrd a “high priority” this winter according to various news outlets. I briefly wrote this in my last post but it appears the Mets believe his production this year could translate into another strong season next year.

I believe Byrd would be a good addition to the 2014 Mets. He was their most consistent player in 2013 and at the age of 36 he won’t break the bank here. His offense carried over even after being traded to the Pirates and into the postseason. He can play right field everyday and at most would probably get a two-year deal despite his eye popping season for the Mets and Pirates.

I think it is fair to assume some sort of regression for Byrd next year but the power he showed in Citi Field in 2013 was truly remarkable.

Again Byrd comes with serious risk here as he is coming off a career year in his age 35 season and was busted for PED’s the year before that with the Boston Red Sox. I believe his price tag which should be fairly small, should be worth the risk. Even when Byrd was struggling before 2013, he still crushed lefties so he could always be an intriguing option off the bench if the Mets can find better outfield solutions.

Talking with a Mets official, he told me that the most likely former Met between Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Marlon Byrd to return would definitely be Byrd. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Byrd and the Mets have shown mutual interest in the right fielder returning to Queens for 2014. The Mets need to fill in both corner outfield positions this winter and Byrd could be a decent option for one of them.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – We all like Marlon Byrd. Hopefully, a contending team doesn’t out bid the Mets to solodify their bench while the Mets once again demonstrate that they are unable to sign the right players at the right price to fill those holes that need to be filled in order to make the Mets a winner and to demonstrate to their fans that they are dead serious about building a consistent winner for the fourth highest valued MLB franchise in the city of New York. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike your skepticism is understandable but i firmly believe this is the year where the Mets will spend a lot in free agency. They have two players under control right now at more than the league minimum, David wright and Jon niese. That’s it. Other than arbitration guys nobody else is on their books in 2014. I just can’t see them having a $45 million payroll and becoming the Astors next year. They should have about $50 million to spend this winter. that doesn’t mean they are going to spend all of it but they should spend a good portion of it and that could include Byrd.

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