Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Pirates, Rangers and Reds had reportedly shown interest in Mets OF Marlon Byrd.
However, according to people familiar with the market, with just 30 minutes left before the deadline, offers for Byrd, Alex Rios, Hunter Pence, etc., were being described as ‘underwhelming.’ For instance, the Mets were being offered prospects not in the Top 100. They let teams know around the All Star break that they wanted a young player who would be more or less ready to join their big-league lineup. They started to call back teams today that showed initial interest, but they are still asking for more than they were initially offered.
Last week, I said Byrd would likely draw interest from the Pirates and Rangers, who did not want to overpay to get Rios, which is exactly whay happened. The Pirates were believed to be among teams that showed renewed interest in Byrd (Sherman, New York Post), while the Rangers were aggressively pursuing offensive upgrades, according to one rival executive (Morosi, FoxSports). The Reds once had interest in Byrd, but backed off (Rubin, ESPN).
In the end, it seems Alderson preferred to continue to compete in 2013, instead of acquire a low-level minor league player who would not help this season.