We can't say we didn't see this coming. Just hours after it was announced that Marlon Byrd had been claimed on waivers by a National League team, it's being reported that the Mets are shipping him, John Buck, and cash to the Pirates in a exchange for 19-year-old second baseman Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later.
Herrera is currently ranked as Pittsburgh's 11th-best prospect by MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. He was signed out of Colombia in 2010 and made his American debut in the Gulf Coast League last season, where Herrera hit .281/.341/.482 in 199 at-bats. This season in the South Atlantic League as a 19-year old, Herrera is humming along with a .265/.330/.421 line in 423 at-bats.
Listed at just 150 pounds, Herrera has surprising pop for his size, and he's also reportedly got good base-stealing potential. That part of his game has yet to full develop yet, as Herrera has just 23 stolen bases in the past two seasons.
With star pitcher Matt Harvey on the shelf for at least the rest of the season, it appears the Mets are finally selling off the pieces that won't be part of the team's future. That's good news for Byrd and Buck, whose efforts this season toiling away in Queens will be rewarded with a playoff run. It's also good news for the Mets, who get a pretty decent prospect in exchange for the two veterans.