John Buck and Marlon Byrd were claimed off waivers by the Pirates this past Sunday, “well before Matt Harvey saw the doctor on Monday,” Sandy Alderson told reporters Tuesday afternoon at Citi Field.
According to Alderson, he was offered more for Buck and Byrd today than the days before the July 31 Non-Waiver Trade Deadline.
“We all want to win as many games as possible, but my job is to match the short term with the long term,” he said. “We felt this was in our best interest.”
In return for Buck and Byrd, the Mets acquired 19-year-old infielder Dilson Herrera, who the GM described as having “some power,” he can run well, “he’s probably a second baseman,” and will likely report to Single-A Savannah.
Terry Collins later talked with reporters and was asked if this trade puts any additional pressure on him, since he’s playing without a contract for next season and just lost two of his regular position players, to which he said: “This is not about me, this will never be about me. This is only about our team.”
According to Collins, Matt den Dekker and Juan Lagares will both get time in center field, as well as right field.