By Ed Coleman
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The rain continued to pour down Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia. The tarp was on the field, so there was plenty of time to check in on old/new Phillie — and former Met — Marlon Byrd.
Byrd was one of the more pleasant stories of a disappointing 2013. Brought to spring training by the Mets as an afterthought, Byrd forged his way into the starting lineup, put up more than respectable numbers and eventually garnered the Mets two possible young pieces — reliever Vic Black and infielder Dilson Herrera — when traded to the Pirates along with catcher John Buck in late August.
The real reason for catching up with Byrd was to ask about Lucas Duda, a player Byrd became close with and worked with extensively. Many people, myself included, felt that Ike Davis should have been the first-baseman choice for the Mets. Byrd, on the other hand, believes in Duda.