Pirates add pieces for stretch drive

The Pittsburgh Pirates addressed two needs Tuesday, acquiring right fielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets.

In exchange, the Pirates, who also get $250,000 in the deal, will send minor league infielder Dilson Herrera and right-handed reliever Vic Black to the Mets.

The Pirates are last in the National League in OPS from their right fielders, and Buck will provide a veteran backup to Russell Martin with Michael McKenry out for the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee.

Byrd is batting .285 with an .848 OPS and 52 extra-base hits in 425 at-bats.

Buck, who went from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays to the Mets last offseason, is batting .215/.285/.401 this season. He has hit Buck has 15 homers this year, nine of which came in April.

Herrera, 19, a native of Colombia, has played 163 games at second and 59 at third in minors. He has a .751 OPS in the Class A Sally League.

Black has pitched in three games for the Pirates this season. At AAA, he has 63Ks, 21 BB, a 2.51 ERA in 46 2/3 innings pitched.

The Pirates are seeking their first winning season and first playoff berth in 21 years.