Ruben Amaro said yesterday that they will look at the centerfield market and try to make a move to bolster their lineup.
The next question that arises is, who could be on their radar? Three lesser players that could be available are Marlon Byrd, Chris Young, and Don Kelly.
Byrd, 35, has had a tremendous bounce back year with the Mets in 2013. He is hitting .271/.316/.502 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI this season when people were not even sure if he was going to make the team out of spring training. He is tearing the cover off the ball in the month of July hitting .322/.339/.559 with three home runs and 11 RBI. Now, he was a centerfielder with the Phillies (2003-05), Nationals, Rangers, and Cubs but has shifted to right field this season.
Young, 29, is the odd-man-out in the Oakland A's outfield. With Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, and Josh Reddick holding down the outfield spots and Seth Smith handling the designated-hitter duties, Young is fighting to get in the lineup. A change to scenery might do him some good. He is hitting just .190/.274/.366 with eight home runs and 28 RBI. Young only has six steals this year but has the ability to steal bases. He swiped 11 or more bases each season between 2007-2012. He hit 14 or more home runs in each of the last six seasons, topping the 20 home run mark four times.
Kelly, 33, is more of a platoon guy with the Tigers. In all likelihood, he would not come in and take over starting duties in Revere's absence but would give John Mayberry Jr. some relief from centerfield. Kelly is hitting .252/.344/.414 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 111 at-bats for the Tigers.
Byrd would be the best option for the Phillies but it raises the question whether the Mets would trade him to the Phillies. On the surface I would say "no way" but, when you think about it, the Mets did not even expect Byrd to make the roster out of spring training. His production is certainly a surprise and anything they would get in a trade would be more than they probably expected in March.
The thing to watch here is who the Phillies dangle out there on the trade block as that will likely dictate what kind of impact player they are after.
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