Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – In preparation for a September stretch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets.
The Pirates parted ways with Minor League infielder Dilson Herrera and a player to be named for the two veterans along with some cash.
Pittsburgh is currently half-game back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central and six games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the wild-card race.
With Byrd, the Pirates filled the need for a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder with power. He is batting .285 with 52 extra-base hits — 21 homers, 26 doubles and five triples.
Buck, for his part, provides the experienced backup help to regular catcher Russell Martin, who has been supported by top prospect Tony Sanchez since Michael McKenry was lost for the season following surgery on his left knee on July 29.
The Pirates will have to make corresponding moved to accommodate both players on their 40-man and active 25-man rosters.
Byrd signed a one-year contract with the Mets as a free agent on Feb. 1, a team-friendly deal at $700,000.
The cash included in the transaction will help cover the approximately $1.2 million remaining on Buck’s contract, a three-year, $18 million deal originally signed with the Marlins in November 2010.
The Mets acquired Buck in December from Toronto, where he had gone as part of the 13-player deal involving Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes.