Multiple reports indicate the Mets will listen to offers for Marlon Byrd, but the price is high.
July 30, 8:30 pm: The Pirates could pursue a trade for Byrd (Brink, Pittsburgh Post Gazette).
July 30, 3:00 pm: Rangers are focused on acquiring an outfielder not a DH (Bowden, SiriusESPN)
July 30, 12:19 pm: The Mets are not seeing much action on Byrd, although interest has begun to pick up lately with the Rangers and Orioles (Cafardo, Boston Globe).
July 30, 9:30 am: The Mets will not just give away Byrd, a team official said. “If something presented itself we would consider it." (Puma, New York Post).
July 29, 3:55 pm: The Mets have talked to teams about Byrd, "but nothing serious at this point." (Olney, ESPN).
July 29, 3:44 pm: The Rangers are interested in Byrd an an alternative to White Sox OF Alex Rios (Heyman, CBS Sports)
July 29, 7:04 am: Byrd will cost a top prospect who can help now, not just later (Cerrone, MetsBlog).
July 25, 3:54 pm: Byrd is drawing the eye of teams not interested in overpaying to get Rios, such as the Pirates and Rangers (Cerrone, MetsBlog).
The reason for keeping Byrd is to continue trying to win in 2013. I know that seems backwards to some fans, who feel a team rebuilding (like the Mets) should only look to stockpile young talent. However, at some point, a team also has to start winning games and changing the direction and overall mood of the team. I think that happens at the end of this season, so long as the Mets keep charging hard, come close to .500 and leave 2013 feeling good about where things are headed. Byrd helps make that happen. And, to go that road without Byrd, Sandy Alderson is going to need to get back a player that keeps this season (and future seasons) on course.