Pirates add Byrd, Buck
The Pirates made another statement of their hopes and expectations for 2013 on Tuesday when they pulled off a waiver-wire trade.
Acquired were OF Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the Mets for Minor League infielder Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later. Click here for the full story from my MLB.com colleague, Tom Singer.
What did Reds manager Dusty Baker think of the move?
“What can I say? They’re going for it,” Baker said. “You hate to see your competitor get stronger.”
The deadline for acquiring a player that can be eligible for postseason rosters is Aug. 31 (Saturday). Baker wouldn’t mind adding help before the final month but is also wary of these types of moves.
“You have to be careful,” Baker said. “Too many moves this time of the year can affect the chemistry of your club.”
The Reds haven’t made too many waiver trade acquisitions in recent years. The two that come to mind are Jim Edmonds and Willie Bloomquist in 2010. However, Bloomquist was picked up after Aug. 31 and could not be part of the playoff roster.