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Mets' asking price for Marlon Byrd remains 'extremely high'

Marlon Byrd reacts after striking out swinging during

Marlon Byrd reacts after striking out swinging during the fifth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (April 7, 2013) Credit: AP

MIAMI -- The non-waiver trade deadline hits at 4 p.m. on Wednesday but the Mets still don't appear inclined to move perhaps their most marketable trade piece, outfielder Marlon Byrd.

Industry perception remains that the Mets appear willing to move Byrd. However, one source said that the Mets have not backed off their "extremely high" asking price for the veteran outfielder, whose 17 homers rank ninth in the National League.

Byrd, 35, would fit with the Pirates, who have a need for help in the outfield. However, as of Monday night, there were no indications that the teams have engaged in any serious talks recently.

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