Marlon Byrd, Not Jason Bay, Should Have Been Signed By Mets

Keith BennettCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 13:  National League All-Star Marlon Byrd #24 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after sliding in safe at home plate to score the third run for the National League in the seventh inning of the 81st MLB All-Star Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 13, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Mets would have saved tons of money if they signed Marlon Byrd during the offseason. They ended up spending $66 million on Jason Bay.

Byrd made the 2010 All-Star game and played pretty good in the outfield and on the base path, while Bay is recovering from mild concussions and bad stats. Byrd is batting .313 with 10 HR, 45 RBI, 28 doubles, .469 SLG PCT, and 116 hits in 99 games.

Byrd plays the game with flair and hustle, something Omar Minaya seems blind to the fact with. Bay is playing like he took the money and ran. Bay has 91 strikeouts with 10 HR, 45 RBI, and he's batting .259.

He was a fear with his bat in his last few years with the Red Sox and Pirates. Some people are just not for New York. Bay look lost, like David Wright last year. Byrd on a Mets team this year would have made them much better.