At the beginning of the season, I didn’t think Marlon Byrd would be here by the trading deadline. Not because I expected him to do well and get dealt, but because I expected him to do poorly and get released.
This has certainly not happened. Marlon Byrd has been one of the strengths of the team this season. He’s hitting .263 with 15 HR and 49 RBI.
So if the team’s not going anywhere, why wouldn’t he be prime trade bait?
There’s the matter of the PED suspension last year. That will surely scare a lot of teams off. But that aside, Byrd hasn’t been a difference maker during his entire career. Because he hasn’t been one, as a rental player for the stretch, he’s not going to get a return for his services anywhere near the traded that acquired Zack Wheeler for Carlos Beltran.
At best, Byrd would net a mid-level prospect that may or may not make any kind of impact in the future. Why bother? His contract this year is for only $700K – so it’s not like there’s even an incentive from a cost savings standpoint to have another team eat the remainder of his contract.
He’s more valuable to the team staying with them than he is departing. Also, by keeping him, it puts the Mets in a good position to re-sign him for one more year at a reasonable price if other outfield options do not develop.
Sure, he may be traded – but at this point, unless the market goes crazy and the Mets are given an unexpected offer for him that they simply can’t refuse – I expect to see Byrd here for the rest of the season.
But of course, what do I know? I’m just a fan.