Marlon Byrd reported to Mets camp on Friday afternoon, an arrival that prompted Terry Collins to make some news: Byrd, the manager said, could be the starting right fielder this year.
“If he’s the same player he was a couple of years ago in Chicago, we might have found ourselves the right fielder,” Collins said. “I know he’s that kind of talent. I thought it was one of the really good signings of the winter.
He’s under the radar a little bit, but he has a chance to make a huge impact with us.”
The assumption had been that Mike Baxter would likely at least platoon in right, but Collins made clear on Friday that Byrd, 35, can earn the everyday job.
“Absolutely,” Collins said. “I just told him that there is a job here.”
His role was not the only topic Byrd addressed upon arriving at Tradition Field; there was also the matter of the 50-game drug suspension he was hit with after the Boston Red Sox released him in June.
Terry Collins says Marlon Byrd can be the NY Mets starting right fielder
New York Daily News | Feb 16