The Mets and Indians were the only teams interested in Marlon Byrd this past winter, reports Marc Carig in Newsday.
People familiar with the process told Carig that the Indians eventually shifted their attention and signed free-agent Michael Bourn, who today is batting .290 with a .332 OBP, two HR, and 21 RBI.
Byrd, on the other hand, has 16 HR and 55 RBI, while batting .274.
The Indians signed Bourn to a four-year, $48 million contract, which also cost them a first-round draft pick.
Byrd signed a one year, $700,000 deal with the Mets.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets tried to do both, though. In fact, they were trying to do a whole bunch of things last winter, be it trade for Justin Upton, sign Byrd or Scott Hairston, or sign Bourn. Bourn got antsy and took the deal from the Indians because the Mets were unwilling to give up a first-round pick to sign him and the fate of that pick was dependent on MLB’s ruling, if you recall. Hairston got antsy, unwilling to wait the Mets out in their pursuit of Upton and Bourn, since either signing would have crushed his playing time in New York. That left Byrd.
So, as Sandy Alderson has admitted to reporters, the Mets signed Byrd as a favor to his agent, since he was having a terrific time in Winter Ball. So far, it has worked out for the Mets.