Marlon Byrd agrees to 2-year deal with the Phillies

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB2

The first outfielder is off the board as former Met Marlon Byrd will not be flying back to Queens, instead will be resigning with the arch rival Phillies. The Phillies signed Byrd to a two-year deal for $16 million.

Byrd had genuine interest in coming back to New York and the Mets were going to make him a priority this winter. However I didn’t get the sense they were going to bid more than $10 million or so over those two years, especially with other options out there.

Byrd began his career with the Phillies and played there from 2002-2005. The Mets will now see their former player face them 19 times a year.

Byrd’s story is truly remarkable as he had serious trouble finding a minor league deal last offseason and now he got $16 million with a chance to play every day in a depleted outfield.

Should the Mets have given Byrd $16 million?

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Well we can all now scratch Marlon Byrd off our FA list. I think that 16 million is too much. Lets the deep pockets Phillies pay him. Of course, since we will play the Phils about 18 games next year and our pitchers will have to be able to get him out on a consistent basis. With him hitting in the Citizen Bank band box Mets pitchers will at the very least have to keep Marlon in the ball park. If we land Granderson paying him 16 million plus is better for the Mets than paying Marlon at this pount in his career. I am at this point hoping that the Mets can land both Granderson and Peralta. What have you to say about that? Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike I really thought Byrd wanted to stay on the east coast and that’s exactly what he did. It remains to be seen if he will show the power he showed in a career year last year with the Mets so I thought this was a little bit of an overpay for Philly.

      As for Granderson, I’m saving that for my next post in the next hour or so, stay tuned!

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