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This morning on SiriusXM Radio, special assistant JP Ricciardi told Jim Duquette the cost in trade for Marlon Byrd will be very high.

"it would have to be something serious for us to move him," Riccardi explained.

Byrd, 35, has hit .263 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI this season.

Last week, the Cubs sent Scott Hairston to the Nationals for a no-name minor leaguer. Perhaps the Mets can do slightly better given Byrd has been productive, but that deal sets the basis of the market for right-handed hitting outfielders this summer. That has to be weighed against the value of having Byrd and his production/entertainment value on the roster for the remainder of the season. If the market for this kind of player improves over the next couple of weeks, perhaps the Mets will change their tune, as Ricciardi suggested this morning.

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