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Mets play waiting game as trade deadline looms

Through Tuesday, Marlon Byrd was batting .282 with

Through Tuesday, Marlon Byrd was batting .282 with 17 home runs. Credit: Jim McIsaac

MIAMI -- Baseball's trade deadline may be less than an hour away, but a person familiar with the team's thinking said that the Mets are holding steady, waiting to see if a potential suitor will make a late push for outfielder Marlon Byrd.

According to the source, a handful of teams have shown interest in trading for Byrd, the 35-year-old outfielder who is hitting .282 with 17 homers and 60 RBI. But the Mets have not been inclined to move Byrd, whose asking price has been set "extremely high," one industry source said recently.

Leading up to the deadline, Byrd is the only Mets player involved in trade talks, according to a source. Barring a last minute flurry of activity, Byrd will likely remain with the Mets, who are 48-56 and in fourth in the NL East.

They begin play nine games back of the wild card. One simulation system estimates the Mets' chances of making the playoffs at 2.5 percent. Another pegs their postseason chances at 0.9 percent.

Yet, the Mets have insisted all throughout the buildup to the deadline that they have put a priority on winning games in the second half, and that they will not give away players for marginal returns.

Earlier in the process, the Mets had engaged in talks from teams interested in starting pitcher Dillon Gee, though nothing materialized. Closer Bobby Parnell had also generated interest though no team had come closer to matching the Mets' asking price.

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