Mets Catcher John Buck and Right Fielder Marlon Byrd have been traded to the Pirates in exchange for Infielder Dilson Herrera, a futures game participant. The Pirates have the lowest OPS by right fielders on any team, while Byrd boasts the 4th highest OPS by any single player. And obvious upgrade. Buck is also a great clubhouse guy, and will provide pop in any position the Bucs thrust him into.
John Buck has a three slash line this season of .215/.285/.367 with 15 HRs and 60 RBI. He has a WAR of 0.4 this season, which is decent, but has had a higher WAR in the past. Marlon Byrd, on the other hand, has a three slash line of .285/.330/.518 and has 21 HR and 71 RBI. His WAR is 3.9 this season, an impressive number, to say the least.
The Mets will be receiving 19 year old Dilson Herrera, a talented infielder, currently playing in Class-A West Virginia. He has done well there, posting a three slash line of .265/.330/.421 with 11 HR and 56 RBI.
The Pirates made a very nice move to acquire a good player to fill in at a position in need. Playing in a tough NL Central that includes the Reds and Cardinals, the Pirates truly attacked a position in need to put them over the top. I feel that they may have given up a little too much in Herrera, as he has top prospect material. But, their farm system is locked and loaded, and they want to win now. A very smart move here.