Ironically, it was Marlon Byrd T-shirt night on Tuesday in New York as the Mets hosted the Philadelphia Phillies.
The 19-year-old Herrera is hitting .265 with 11 home runs and 56 RBIs for Class A West Virginia. He played in the All-Star Futures Game last month at Citi Field. The Mets assigned Herrera to their Class A Savannah farm club and he will participate in the South Atlantic League playoffs.
“At the end of July, it was a 29-team market. Now, it was a one-team market,” Alderson said. “We felt we got a better package now than in July.”
Regardless of when the deal was done, Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington was happy with it.
“The cost wasn’t cheap because we gave up a good prospect and the second player is also going to be a good piece,” Huntington said. “But our goal is to push this club forward and play deep into October, just not get there.”
Both teams made a series of roster moves in tandem with the trade.
The Mets selected the contract of outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas and also recalled catcher Anthony Recker and left-hander Robert Carson from Las Vegas. Ace pitcher Matt Harvey on the 15-day disabled list with a tear in his right elbow.
The Pirates cleared spots on the 40-man roster by designating infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler for assignment and recalling right-hander Kyle McPherson from Triple-A Indianapolis and placing him on the 60-day disabled list. McPherson underwent ligament reconstruction surgery on his right elbow July 10.
Pittsburgh will make corresponding 25-man roster moves Wednesday.