Terry Collins flipped the Byrd yesterday at the idea a right-field platoon will be necessary for the Mets in 2013.

With the arrival of Marlon Byrd at spring training, the Mets manager made it clear he can envision the 35-year-old veteran claiming right field on a full-time basis. Byrd joins a list of players that includes Mike Baxter and Andrew Brown, among others, competing for playing time in right field.

“If you’re talking about a guy who’s in this camp who has a chance to make a huge difference, besides Lucas Duda, it might be Marlon Byrd,” Collins said. “This guy was one of the best players in the National League not very long ago. If he’s the same player he was in Chicago a couple of years ago, we might have found ourselves the right fielder.”

Byrd, who was suspended 50 games last season for failing a drug test, batted only .210 with a homer and nine RBIs split between the Cubs and Red Sox. He is three years removed from an All-Star selection with the Cubs, when he hit .293 with 12 homers and 66 RBIs.