By Brian Kotloff
February 02, 2013

The New York Mets have signed 35-year-old outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor-league deal, the team announced.

Byrd last played for the Red Sox in 2012, when his season ended following a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. He served the suspension while on the restricted list.

The Mets are desperate for outfield help, as Mike Baxter, Collin Cowgill and Kirk Nieuwenhuis -- who have a combined 284 games of MLB experience -- are the only outfielders on their major league roster.

General manager Sandy Alderson has even joked about his team's lack of outfielders several times this offseason, including during a speech at the Baseball Writers' Association of America dinner in mid-January:

"A message to Mets fans. There's been a lot of talk about our outfield. And I want you to know that I'm in serious discussions with several outfielders I met on the internet," he said, referencing the Manti Te'o hoax. "There's one I really like. He says he played at Stanford."

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