By: Stache Staff

Outfield alert: Mets sign Marlon Byrd


When your team has an outfield situation as desperate as the Mets’ is (Andrew Brown is going to compete for a starting job after having trouble staying on Colorado’s major league roster in 2012), any new is good news.

Yesterday, that good news came in the form of 11-year veteran Marlon Byrd signing a Minor League contract.

You might remember that after being traded from the Cubs to Boston last season, Byrd was released when he tested positive for an illegal substance.

Fortunately for New York, even though he was released, Byrd has still technically served the suspension.

On the other hand, when he was active in 2012, Byrd batted just .210/.243/.245 in 153 plate appearances. Still, just like with their bullpen situation, the Mets should be trying to bring in as many options as possible to help with the outfield.

The last time Byrd was a productive major leaguer was in 2010, when he hit for an OPS of .775 while playing full-time for the Cubs.

If there’s even a little bit of that version of Byrd left, he should be able to grab a roster spot on Opening Day and get some at-bats against left-handed pitching.

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1 Comment

  1. ronbo

    February 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

    The mets are no closer to having a set outfield any time soon,we will probably see an array of players this spring training and if we don’t sign a Bourne or someone of his ability the mets will have to give Duda the needed time to settle in one of the cornor spots and develop.By time i mean 2months they should know by then if they have as him being a player they can count on.I still would like to see Den Dekker and Capt.Kirk play together and get a good look this spring training, there is the future of the Mets.I know there is questions concerning the amount of K’s at the plate but unless we make a trade there are not to many options.

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