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Mets trade Marlon Byrd hours before his giveaway night


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Typical Mets. Byrd traded to Pirates hours before Marlon Byrd T-Shirt night.



New York Mets fans fired up to attend Tuesday night's Marlon Byrd T-shirt night might end up a little disappointed when the outfielder isn't in the lineup ... and when they don't get a Marlon Byrd "Let it fly" tee.

Turns out the Mets traded Byrd to the playoff-contending Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday afternoon. A few hours after the deal, the team's website was still promoting the giveaway.

However, by 4 p.m. ET, the promotion, which included a picture (below) of front-and-back views of the T-shirt, was removed.


A call to the Mets' box office confirmed the team won't be handing out the T-shirts, but the club will give out leftover T-shirts from previous promotions from this season.

The Pirates (76-54), looking to end a streak of below-.500 seasons and make the playoffs for the first time since 1993, hope Byrd can help them fly into the postseason. He has been hot since the All-Star break, hitting .311 with six homers and 20 RBI in his last 38 games. For the season, Byrd is hitting .285 with 21 homers and 71 RBI.

But meanwhile, what are the Mets going to do with the "Let it fly" T-shirts? Hopefully, donate them to people in need.


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The player to be named the Mets are set to receive will be a "solid" one, and that could make an already-strong trade even better for New York, says ESPN's Keith Law (Insider-only). But Law also calls the trade a "truly all-in move" from the Pirates' perspective, noting that Byrd represents an enormous upgrade over the Bucs' right fielders, who have been dreadful this year.

In Herrera, the Mets may be getting an "offensive-oriented second baseman," Matt Eddy of Baseball America writes. Eddy also notes that Herrera could hit for decent power to go with a good on-base percentage, and that appears likely to stick at second base.

They may have just traded him, but the Mets may have interest in pursuing Byrd again when he becomes a free agent this winter, Andy Martino of New York Daily News writes (on Twitter).

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good deal for Mets who usually don't make good deals.


Byrd has been playing over his head.......could help Pirates down stretch but not much use to Mets long term.


there's a prospect and a PTBNL in the deal.........


T-shirts? Well, they can throw in a couple of those -- I like the 'Let It Fly" theme -- let Byrd Fly to Pittsburgh.


Quite frankly, when MARLON BYRD started raking for the Mets -- I was surprised he was still in MLB...........he was a Sept. deadline guy for the Dodgers about five years ago or something.

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