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Marlon Byrd deal likely bad news for Mets’ outfield upgrade plans

Marlon Byrd takes batting practice at Citi Field before a game earlier this year (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Marlon Byrd takes batting practice at Citi Field before a game in 2013 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

If you were hoping Marlon Byrd would return to the Mets in 2014, you got some bad news on Tuesday.

Likewise, if you are a Phillies fan who wants to see the team get younger, Tuesday wasn’t a banner day for you, either.

In another sign that baseball salaries are ascending to new levels of ridiculousness, the Phillies agreed to a 2-year, $16 million contract with a vesting option for 2016 with the 36-year-old outfielder.

Yes, Byrd had a nice year with the Mets and Pirates, but the odds of him duplicating it at age 37 are not great. But I guess the Phillies figured he’s going to be better than Delmon Young, and Byrd is younger than Raul Ibanez.

Hunter Pence‘s five-year, $90 million contract extension with the San Francisco Giants is starting to look a bit less like an aberration… who knows, maybe Scott Boras can get a Jayson Werth-type deal for Shin-Soo Choo after all. There are not a lot of power-hitting corner outfielders on the market, and they seem to be in demand.

That’s not good news for a team like the Mets that really could use an upgrade in both corner outfield spots, and has fairly limited resources to work with.

Hopefully Sandy Alderson will not be left looking at options like Manny Ramirez in his quest to add power to the Mets’ lineup.

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Shutouts, trades, crystal balls & baseball cards

David Wright 2011 Gypsy Queen green framed parallel card from my collection

The Mets were shut out last night, snapping their five-game win streak. Yunesky Maya, a last-minute replacement when Jason Marquis was traded to Arizona earlier in the afternoon, earned his first major league win. Maybe the late switch affected the Mets’ hitters preparation… maybe they were just due have an off-game.

Either way, the game was less interesting than the news coming out of Colorado about Ubaldo Jimenez. The Rockies and Indians were rumored to have a deal worked out, and Jimenez was reportedly scratched from his start. Then he went out to the bullpen to warm up, and he pitched the first inning. Then Esmil Rogers was warming up in the bullpen. Finally, Jimenez was pulled from the game and traded to the Indians for a package of minor league prospects. I’m not familiar with any of the minor leaguers involved in the trade, but it seems like a huge gamble on both sides.

Speaking of trades, Patrick Flood wrote an interesting analysis of the Phillies’ deal for Hunter Pence yesterday. Check it out, but the short version is: the Phillies helped themselves in the short term, but they might have made it easier for the Mets (and their other NL East opponents) to catch up with them a few years from now.

Do you think we’ll see any more big trades before 4 p.m. today?

Today’s baseball card is a green-framed parallel from this year’s Topps Gypsy Queen set. Thanks to a certain blogger who was nice enough to send me three of these, I had to track down the David Wright card to complete the Mets team set.

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And the Mets keep rolling rolling rolling


Carlos Beltran 2011 Allen & Ginter card from my collection

The Mets won their fifth straight game last night, defeating the Washington Nationals 8-5. Jason Bay had another two-hit game and is actually starting to remind me of the guy who used to play for Pittsburgh. D.J. Carrasco came on in relief and got a couple of key strikeouts in a big spot. The 2011 Mets keep succeeding because they’re getting contributions from everybody.

Chien-Ming Wang had a rough go of it in his first major league appearance since July 4, 2009. I’m glad the Mets beat him, but I was hoping he’d have a better night. I’m even more anxious about Johan Santana now.

The Phillies continued to empty out their farm system, acquiring Houston Astros outfielder Hunter Pence for four minor leaguers. Among the players going to the Astros are Class A first baseman Jonathan Singleton and Class A pitcher Jarred Cosart, Philadelphia’s top two prospects. Pence is going to help the Phillies’ lineup now, but I think they’re going to look an awful lot like the 2010 Mets in a few years.

Thanks to @cdorso, I have my first 2011 Allen & Ginter Mets cards. (I either missed them, or Allen & Ginter never made it to the stores around here.) I guess all the baseball card collectors have moved on and are awaiting the release of Topps Lineage next week, though. Continue reading “And the Mets keep rolling rolling rolling”