Tuesday afternoon reports from ESPN and from Travis Sawchik of TribLive.com indicate that the Pittsburgh Pirates have completed a trade with the New York Mets, acquiring right fielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck.
In exchange, the Pirates will giving up infield prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later. The trade apparently became possible after Byrd cleared waivers
Byrd, a 36 year-old right-handed hitter, is batting .285 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI’s this season. His batting average since the All-Star break has been .311. Byrd will be a free agent after the 2013 season.
The 33 year-old Buck, who is in the final year of a three-year contract, is hitting .215 with 15 homers and 60 RBI’s.
The 19 year-old Herrera was hitting .265 with 11 homers and 56 RBIs in 109 games for the class “A” West Virginia Power. The Power’s roster lists him as a second baseman, but Herrera has also played shortstop and third base.