In a post to Twitter, Joel Sherman of New York Post said the Mets will listen to offers for Scott Hairston and Tim Byrdak. They will only trade them, however, for pieces that could help the team in 2013. Sherman also says the Mets are not interested in acquiring Single-A players that are years away from joining the Major League club.
Hairston is hitting .250 for the Mets with 12 home runs, 14 doubles and 37 RBI. Nine of Hairston’s home runs have come against left-handed pitchers.
Byrdak is 2-2 with a 4.82 ERA in 52 appearances with the Mets this season. In 28 innings, he has given up 16 runs on 17 hits and 18 walks. He has 30 strike outs.
Michael Baron: Byrdak has had two problems this season. First off, he has been way overused. He leads the Major Leagues with 52 appearances – he has appeared in eight games since the All-Star Break alone. In addition, due to the fact the Mets have not carried a second left-handed reliever for most of the season, Byrdak has been left to face more batters than he should, and has faced right-handers too much as a result. Interestingly enough, the two home runs Byrdak has allowed have come against left-handers, but he’s faced 43 right-handers this season and they own a .395 on-base percentage against him. If Byrdak was used properly – and that is only against left-handers – he would probably be more successful. But the 124 appearances over the last year and a half could be taking it’s toll on Byrdak at this point.