By Evan Moore
According to reports, former Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd was traded from the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with catcher John Buck. The Mets will get minor league second basemen Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later in return per MLB.com Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo. Herrera was ranked No. 20 in the Pirates minor league system by Baseball America.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Byrd was claimed off revocable trade waivers by an unknown team. The Mets had 48 hours to work out a deal with whomever wanted the 35-year-old outfielder. Ironically, tonight's promotion at Citi Field was supposed to have been a t-shirt giveaway with Marlon Byrd's name and number on the back.
Byrd is owed $130,000 for the remainder of the 2013 season.
The eleven-year veteran outfielder has 21 home runs this season, his highest amount since he hit 20 for the Texas Rangers in 2009. He also has 71 RBI’s and a .285 batting average.
Byrd was suspended by Major League Baseball last season when he tested positive for Tamoxifen, a performance enhancing drug.
Byrd was named to the All-Star team with the Cubs back in 2010.