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MARLON BYRD, Outfield Though he’s taken on an (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

MARLON BYRD, Outfield
Though he’s taken on an everyday role, the 35-year-old Byrd is best suited as a platoon player to be deployed against lefthanded pitching. A year after a PED suspension forced him to revive his career in the Mexican League, Byrd has bounced back after signing a minor-league deal with the Mets. Teams in need of some righthanded pop will take note of Byrd’s work against lefties (.274/.323/.488). |

Mets trade chips

Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler aren't going anywhere. Ditto for David Wright. So where does that put the Mets leading into the July 31 trade deadline? Well, that depends on whether GM Sandy Alderson is willing to part with his organization's store of young pitching. Newsday's Marc Carig looks at the Mets' top trade chips.

BOBBY PARNELL, RHP, Closer With Jon Niese out
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BOBBY PARNELL, RHP, Closer
With Jon Niese out with a shoulder injury, a rival executive called Parnell the Mets’ most valuable potential trade chip. Contending teams often use the trade deadline to fortify their bullpens, and Parnell’s power arm and contract status (two years from free agency) make him an attractive target. However, a person familiar with the Mets’ thinking said moving the 28-year-old would be “unlikely.” |

MARLON BYRD, Outfield Though he’s taken on an
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

MARLON BYRD, Outfield
Though he’s taken on an everyday role, the 35-year-old Byrd is best suited as a platoon player to be deployed against lefthanded pitching. A year after a PED suspension forced him to revive his career in the Mexican League, Byrd has bounced back after signing a minor-league deal with the Mets. Teams in need of some righthanded pop will take note of Byrd’s work against lefties (.274/.323/.488). |

NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Starter The 20-year-old pitching prospect
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NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Starter
The 20-year-old pitching prospect acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade recently earned a promotion to Double-A Binghamton. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder has a fastball that sits in the mid 90s. One talent evaluator expects Syndergaard (4-3, 3.10 ERA as of June 28) to be big-league ready within a year, and a person familiar with the Mets’ thinking said the team would move him in the right deal. |

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RAFAEL MONTERO, RHP, Starter After earning a promotion
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RAFAEL MONTERO, RHP, Starter
After earning a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas, the 22-year-old righthander (7-4, 2.91 ERA as of June 28) appears to be in line for a September call-up. Scouts rave about Montero’s advanced command considering his stage of development, and the Mets would have no hesitation flipping that potential in the right trade. |

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