Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Byrd for left ?......

Dan Graziano of the Star Ledger reports that the Mets had a scout at the Rangers-White Sox game. Graziano goes on to speculate that the Mets could be looking at Marlon Byrd, he would fit into the under the radar, low cost acquisition that I expect the Mets to make. After all they have two Reyes' and Byrd would give them two Marlon's......

Byrd is a 30 y/o right handed left fielder who has enough range and arm to fill in at the other two outfield position. This year he is hitting just .245 but is a lifetime .271 hitter. Two times in his eight year career he hit .300 ( '03'-Phillies/ '07'- Rangers) for the season. Byrd certainly knows the NL east as he spent the first six years of his career with the Phillies and Nats.
I'm not sure who the best of these middle of the road outfielders are but I trust Omar and his staff to pick the best one. All I expect is an outfielder who is better defensively then Tatis but a better bat then Endy, so the three can platoon in left and cover Church if he goes down again........
The Rangers likely would move outfielder Marlon Byrd but are unlikely to deal Milton Bradley. The Mets also might be checking out available Texas bullpen arms and could be interested in available starting pitcher Vicente Padilla, but Padilla wasn't pitching last night, so the scout wasn't there to look at him. source Star Ledger

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