Marlon Byrd vs Justin Upton
Michael G. Baron of SNY posted this info-graphic on Twitter after the game last night.
Seeing his numbers jump out like that next to Justin Upton is mind boggling to say the least…
Upton is owed $9.75M for 2013 by the Braves, and will earn an additional $14.25M next season and $14.5M in 2015. Meanwhile, Byrd is being paid $700K for this season by the Mets.
Coming off that 50 game suspension after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, I doubt there was anyone jumping for joy when Sandy Alderson signed Marlon Byrd to a minor league deal last February. I know I sure as hell wasn’t thrilled…
Back then, Sandy said that Byrd would compete with Andrew Brown for a fifth outfielder spot on the bench. Try again… Obviously even the front office must be amazed by his performance thus far.
Last season, Byrd earned $6.5 million in 153 plate appearances with the Cubs and Red Sox, he posted a combined .210/.243/.245 slash line.
The 35-year-old has exceeded all expectations and earned the right to an everyday spot in right field where in addition to his offensive prowess, he has also shined brightly on defense.
You gotta love this game…
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