Marlon Byrd indicated Thursday that he could retire if he doesn't make the Mets' Opening Day roster.
"I kind of look at it as a last chance," Byrd said. "If I don't make this team, I don't see many other chances in baseball. That's the way I'm playing, like it is my last chance." The good news for Byrd, a non-roster invitee, is that the Mets are desperate for outfielders, so he shouldn't have a problem cracking the 25-man roster. Manager Terry Collins has even said that the 35-year-old has a shot to be the team's regular right fielder. Byrd is coming off a disastrous 2012 campaign where he batted just .210/.243/.245 over 47 contests.