Via Bob Klapisch: The Yankees are not particularly interested in outfielder Marlon Byrd. The Mets have said they intend to hold onto him unless they’re blown away with offer, which could just be posturing. Then again, they did hold onto Scott Hairston for no apparent reason last summer, so who knows.
Byrd, 35, has hit .271/.316/.502 (125 wRC+) with 15 homers this year, his best season in about six years now. He’s transformed himself from more of a contact hitter into a power guy by simply swinging out of his shoes more often: Byrd has his highest fly ball rate (38.4%), homer-to-fly ball rate (19.7%), and swing-and-miss rate (14.9%) in years. The last two numbers are career highs by far. The Mets are paying Byrd just $700k total in 2013 and the Yankees sure could use some right-handed power, but I’m not really expecting the two crosstown rivals to get together for a deal.