With less than 24 hours to go before the deadline, there are rumors beginning to circulate that interest in Byrd has started to pick up. The Mets aren’t shopping Byrd by any means (nor should they), so the price they are rumored to be asking — a prospect ranked within the top 10-15 prospects in an organization — is more than fair.
Several teams are in the market for an outfielder, including the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers, both of whom could be looking at Byrd as a cheaper option to some of the other outfielders available.
Byrd is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career, he is making a minuscule salary and his contract has no obligation beyond this season. Those factors make him a better trade candidate than some of the more expensive outfielders on the trade market like Alex Rios.
If the rumors about the Mets’ asking price for Byrd are true, there’s no reason why a team that’s serious about acquiring an outfielder should not be willing to pay it to have the veteran for the next two months. The Mets know they won’t get a prospect the caliber of Zack Wheeler, but they do expect to get a prospect that is close to contributing in the big leagues.
If the Mets don’t get what they are looking for, all indications are they will hang on to him for the rest of the season. If a team out there is serious about acquiring an outfielder, they better act quickly because the trade deadline is almost here and there’s no way that Byrd will clear waivers.