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MIAMI - The deal came together well after the non-waiver trade deadline last year, which put the Mets on the clock.
The Pirates started the chain of events, putting in a claim for outfielder Marlon Byrd, while also expressing interest in veteran catcher John Buck. Both would help their push for the playoffs. The claim gave the Mets 48 hours to get a deal done, prompting general manager Sandy Alderson to quickly send word to staff and scouts in hopes of finding a few leads.