Marlon Byrd claimed off waivers; National League team makes claim per report

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd was claimed off of waivers Tuesday by an unknown team, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The claiming team appears to be from the National League, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Byrd could be a fit for the Pirates, who have been searching for a right fielder since the trade deadline.

The Mets expect to make a trade within the next day or two, and have moved outfielder Mat Den Dekker to New York (not promoted) in anticipation of a possible move.

Byrd is making just $700,000 in 2013, and has hit .285/.330/.518 while playing right field and center field for the Mets this season.

The Mets could also move catcher John Buck or reliever Pedro Feliciano, and have Anthony Recker and Josh Edgin in New York if moves are made on either of those two players.

After losing Matt Harvey for the season, it seems as though the Mets are waving the white flag on being competitive, and are instead choosing to sell off their assets while they still have value, before the August 31 waiver-trade deadline.

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