It was Marlon Byrd t-shirt day for New York Mets fans at Citi Field on Tuesday night, but the aging outfielder wasn’t there to celebrate the shirts with his name on them. Hours before the promotional night in New York, Byrd and teammate John Buck were traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, which led to an awkward evening at the ballpark.
On a positive note, Byrd is now with an NL contender, although his tenure in Pittsburgh might be short-lived. He’s in the final year of his contract and the Pirates are counting on him to bolster their lineup after Pitt didn’t make any big moves at the non-waiver trade deadline. If Byrd can continue hitting .285 and add some home runs to his current total of 21, he might be with a rising Pirates team for a while. If not, he could be looking for work this winter.
As for Buck, he’ll be a backup and definitely looking for work after the season as he’s also in the last year of his current deal. Unless Russell Martin gets hurt and he sets the woods on fire in Pittsburgh, his tenure with the sudden NL powerhouse will be quick.
Oh, and the Mets? They’re so depressed about Matt Harvey‘s injury they’re just cleaning house and planning for 2014, a season that likely won’t include their ace. Hopefully they don’t have Matt Harvey t-shirt night planned later this week.