Mets sign OF Byrd

The New York Mets have signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the team announced on Friday.

Byrd, 35, split time between the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox last season, appearing in a total of 47 games. He combined for a .210 batting average with one home run and nine RBI.

In 2010, his first season with the Cubs, Byrd was named an NL All-Star, hitting .293 with 12 homers and 66 RBI in a career-high 580 at-bats.

Over the course of his 11-year career, Byrd has also been a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers, appearing in 1,103 games with a .278 average, 82 home runs and 445 RBI.