Marlon Byrd and John Buck traded to Pirates

The Mets have sent cash, John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pirates for 19-year-old Single-A second baseman Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later, the team announced.

Dilson Herrera 1 polaroidMatt den Dekker, Anthony Recker and Robert Carson are expected to be in uniform and available for tonight’s game, ESPN New York reported earlier today.

Herrera is playing his first full season in Single-A, where he is batting .265 with a .330 OBP. He’s hit 27 doubles in 109 games, with 11 home run and 11 stolen bases. He was ranked as the 11th-best prospect in Pittsburgh’s farm system entering 2013 by, and the ninth-best second base prospect in baseball (one slot behind Wilmer Flores).

Jonathan Mayo of recently said he could see Herrera in the big leagues by 2016. According to Baseball America, Herrera is the best defensive second baseman in the South Atlantic League.

“While he’s not the biggest guy in the world, he’s shown he can really hit and projects to be an above-average hitter in the future, with more power than you’d expect from a guy his size,” Mayo said in his report.  Herrera is a an above-average runner, who should be able steal bases consistently.

Herrera was the second-youngest player ever to be selected for the MLB Futures Game, which he played in this summer in Citi Field.

“Herrera is a nice get for the Mets,” Baseball America’s Ben Balder said on Twitter. “Good hitter, premium position, solid pop for his size.”

Herrera will report to Single-A Savannah, Sandy Alderson said in a press conference.

10:32 a.m.: The Mets are trying to make trade of player(s) claimed on waivers, and Byrd has been claimed by a National League team (Sherman, NY Post).

10:30 a.m.: The Pirates, Rangers and Reds had interest in Byrd during July (Cerrone, MetsBlog).

10:10 a.m.: Marlon Byrd has been claimed off waivers by an unknown team, most likely from the National League (Heyman, CBS Sports).

9:50 a.m.: Byrd was claimed off waivers, according to the grapevine (Rubin, ESPN NY).

6:15 a.m: It’s possible the Mets make a trade in the next 24 to 48 hours, since at least five of their players are currently going through the waiver process (Rubin, ESPN NY).