With the 2013 MLB Trading Deadline now in the rear view mirror, Marlon Byrd is still a New York Met, starting most nights in right field for manager Terry Collins after weeks of rumors that the 35-year old veteran would be dealt to a contender. In 108 games this season, Byrd is batting .287 with 19 homers and 66 RBI and is a fixture in the middle of the Met batting order. All while playing for a modest big league salary of $700K, now just fourteen months removed from a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance by Major League Baseball.
If resigned, Byrd certainly will command a raise. Based on the Mets resistance to trading him at the deadline, I would fully expect them to make a solid offer to keep him in Flushing, without offering too many years or too much money, based on his age (Byrd turns 36 on August 30) and prior PED suspension. Based on the current outfielder crop, there doesn't appear to be an impact prospect ready to step into an everyday role in right field as early as next season. All other in-house options such as Andrew Brown, Mike Baxter, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda won't put up the numbers Byrd is capable of, meaning they'd need to go to the free agent market anyway to find a replacement. Byrd has publicly stated that he is happy being a Met and I would bet we see at least one more season of Marlon Byrd in orange and blue.
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