Bob Klapisch reports today on NorthJersey.com that the Mets have shown interest in acquiring A’s outfielder Eric Byrnes to patrol centerfield until Mike Cameron is ready to return from arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist. Klapisch says this will not impact the Mets pursuit of big name free agents such as Moises Alou, Carlos Beltran or Carlos Delgado and would likely cost the Mets a prospect.
Byrnes could be a good fit for the Mets. A natural leftfielder, Byrnes can play all three outfield positions and could be a great addition even if all the outfield positions were secured (which they obviously aren’t right now). He has some pop in his bat and is a good baserunner as is evidenced by his 20 HRs and 91 Rs in 2004. He’d provide some depth and flexibility in the outfield and could compete for a starting job depending on what happens between now and whenever Cameron will be ready to return (expected to be some time in May).