USAToday The Mets’ decision to trade outfielder Marlon Byrd after he was claimed on waivers by the Pirates makes plenty of sense: Byrd was set to depart in free agency after the season, so the club got back a promising infield prospect in return for what amounts to a little more than a month’s worth of Byrd’s services. It’s just the timing that’s unfortunate. News of Byrd’s departure broke on Tuesday afternoon, mere hours before the Mets were planning to distribute T-shirts celebrating the veteran outfielder. A photo of the shirt remains on the Mets’ promotional schedule, and it seems likely the team will go ahead and hand them out anyway. After all, it’s not exactly the best time to give out leftover Matt Harvey or David Wright T-shirts, since both those players are currently on the disabled list. Unless they can find someone who can design and print hundreds of Juan Lagares T-shirts in the next couple of hours, fans will probably be getting T-shirts honoring a recently departed player. So maybe just sell it like that: Hey, remember how good Marlon Byrd was for the Mets this year? Here’s a T-shirt to commemorate that. The wings are symbolic of the way we let him fly away when we saw he had a chance to play in his first career postseason.
The hits just keep on coming for the Mets, as tonight’s promotion at Citi Field was scheduled to be “Marlon Byrd T-Shirt Night” and they decided to trade Byrd to the Pirates this afternoon. The move makes sense for both teams, as Byrd and catcher John Buck get to contend for a World Series in Pittsburgh, while the Mets get something in return for two veterans who were not going to be a part of their future. However, couldn’t the Mets have waited until tomorrow, and traded Byrd after the promotion was over? On the flop side, how many fans were swayed into gong to the game tonight by the free Marlon Byrd T-Shirts? I would guess not many, and the majority of these T-Shirts are ending up getting worn by poor residents of third world countries within six months either way, so the team may as well nix the promotion and ship these T-Shirts to Guatemala right now. The Mets could give out free David Wright T-Shirts instead, at least he is signed long term and although he is on the DL, he has no health concerns that put his future in doubt. That is more than you can say for anyone else on the Mets roster. Same old Mets.