Posted November 12, 2013

Reports: Phillies to sign Marlon Byrd for 2 years, $16 million

Marlon Byrd saw his production increase in 2013. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Marlon Byrd saw his plate production increase in 2013. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Phillies plan to sign outfielder Marlon Byrd, as first reported by 94WIP radio. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports confirmed the deal via Twitter. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports the deal is for two years, $16 million.

Byrd, 36, saw his production increase in 2013, hitting .291/.336/.511 with 24 homers and 88 RBI for the Mets and Pirates. The Mets traded him to Pittsburgh in late August. He was especially potent against lefties batting .344/.376/.583 with eight homers in 178 plate appearances last season. He has a career average of .280, with a career OPS of .761 in 12 seasons in the majors. Those numbers ranked Byrd as one of the best valued right-handed hitters on the current free-agent market.

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Byrd is returning to the club that drafted him in 1999. He played for the Phillies from 2002 through the early part of 2005. He subsequently has played terms with the Nationals, Rangers, Cubs and Red Sox.


I like this deal for a few reasons.

1. Two years at 16 million is not going to break the Phillies bank

2. They needed a right handed batter to compliment Ryan Howard badly - Granderson is not a righty, and at this point all of Beltran's power comes from the left. 

3. If the Phillies are out of contention by the trade deadline, then this contract is not bad any team can deal with Byrd's contract for a year and a few months. 


Good Grief - Let's bring back Marlon Anderson and Desi Relaford too!


Rube:  God bless ya since you're a Philly guy but..... you've got to be sh**ting me!



1) 8 mil per is too much for a guy that is 36 years old with questions about his body chemistry.

2) Ruf is a right handed bat, there are lots of right handed bats in the world

3) His contract will not be that attractive at the trade deadline, season bullet #1