Mets Trade Home-Run Leader Byrd to Pirates for Infield Prospect

The New York Mets sent team home-run leader Marlon Byrd, catcher John Buck and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for shortstop prospect Dilson Herrera.

The Mets also received a player to be named, the Major League Baseball team said today in an e-mailed statement. The Mets are 58-71, haven’t made the playoffs in six seasons and sit 14 1/2 games out of a postseason berth.

The Mets also announced that 24-year-old pitcher Matt Harvey has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The National League’s strikeout leader, Harvey has a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his throwing elbow and is considering Tommy John surgery, which would replace the damaged connector.

Byrd is hitting .285 this season with 21 home runs and 71 runs batted in. The home run total is also a career high for the 35-year-old outfielder, who has played his 12-year career with six different teams.

Buck’s 15 home runs are third on the team behind Byrd and injured third baseman David Wright. The 33-year-old catcher hit 10 of those home runs in the first five weeks of the season, and saw his playing time diminish when the Mets called up catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud this month.

Herrera, 19, is hitting .265 with 11 home runs and 11 stolen bases in the Class A South Atlantic League. The Colombian infielder played in the All-Star Game’s Future Game this year, but wasn’t included among Baseball America’s June 2013 list of the 10 best prospects in the Pirates’ organization.

Pittsburgh is 76-54, a half-game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. The Pirates, who currently hold a wild card spot, haven’t made the playoffs since 1992, which also was the team’s most-recent winning season.

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