Sherman: Byrdak, Hairston available for pieces that would help in ’13

It wasn’t long ago that trade chatter surrounding the New York Mets included names like Brett Myers, Grant Balfour, and Huston Street. Relievers who could be brought in to fix the Mets putrid bullpen while helping the club make a second half run towards a playoff berth. Now, however, after losing six in a row and 12 of their last 13 games it seems the chatter has changed.  According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, NY would listen to offers for both Scott Hairston and Tim Byrdak for players that could help the team in 2013:


#Mets would listen on Hairston, Byrdak but only for pieces could help in ’13. Not interested in A-ball yrs away Rather hold and play it out.
@Joelsherman1
Joel Sherman

I can’t say I’m surprised.  They both may be the only players with some value to a team looking to make a playoff push. Of course I am excluding David Wright, R.A. Dickey, and a few other players who I don’t see general manager Sandy Alderson dealing. Or at least I hope he wouldn’t deal.

Hairston has been a nice surprise for the Mets and their fans this season, belting 12 homeruns in 216 at-bats while absolutely torching left handed pitchers.  The 32-year-old veteran has belted 9 of his 12 homers versus left-handers while hitting .291 with a .915 OPS:

Byrdak, who leads the majors with 52 appearances, has allowed 15 earned runs over 28 innings of work. Good for a 4.82 ERA.  The numbers, however, are a bit misleading.  Due to the clubs deficiencies in the pen, the lefty has been asked to face 31 right handed batters to date, in comparison to 41 all of last season. Couple that with the fact NY has carried just one left hander for most of the year and you can see why his numbers are a bit inflated. If used correctly Byrdak could serve nicely out of the pen as a lefty specialist, as left handers are hitting just .140 against him in comparison to right handers who boast a slash line of .258/.425/.290 versus the 38-year-old veteran:

Photo taken by Michael Baron

The idea of trading  Hairston and/or Byrdak had been brought to my attention before. But, I scoffed at the idea.  Citing their importance to the club and the fact I was certain Alderson would bring in some bullpen help before the deadline to keep the Mets within reach of the second Wild Card.  Now, with Mike Baxter due to return and the club spiraling out of contention, I guess the idea of trading one or both makes sense. Especially if they can add a piece that can help them for 2013.  That said, it doesn’t mean I have to like the idea. Or will pretend to not be upset that something was not done sooner to help the club for this year. I realize that my expectations coming into the season were nothing more than a potential .500 club. But after the first three months I became a believer and allowed my emotions to get the best of me. Foolishly my expectations started to change.  With the inception of the second Wild Card I truly believed the Mets would have a chance.  Mostly because I was certain the front office would bring in some help for the pen. I feel duped.  Once the starting pitching began to falter, it exposed the many weaknesses this team has. Putrid bullpen, no outfield, lack of speed and no true power threat (aside from Ike Davis). All of which have become insurmountable. Leading to this: A club that is fast becoming un-watchable and looking to be sellers instead of the buyers they claimed to be at the deadline.

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