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Pirates acquire Marlon Byrd and John Buck from Mets
Pirates acquire Marlon Byrd and John Buck from Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday, hoping the veterans can bolster a struggling offense as the franchise vies for its first playoff berth in 21 years. The Pirates, who began the day half a game behind St. Louis for the lead in the National League Central, sent the Mets minor league infielder Dilson Herrera and a player to be named in exchange for Byrd, Buck and cash considerations. Byrd, 35, is hitting .285 with 21 home runs and 71 runs batted in and will give Pittsburgh needed depth in the outfield while leadoff hitter Starling Marte recovers from a wrist injury. Buck, 33, is batting .215 with 15 home runs...