Phillies To Sign Marlon Byrd

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, November 12, 2013 11:16 AM | Comments: 18
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The Phillies will sign free agent outfielder and former Phillie Marlon Byrd, according to WIP. The deal is reportedly for two years and $16 million. The 36 year old Byrd was with the Phillies from 2002 to 2005, before a trade that sent him to the Washington Nationals for Endy Chavez.

Since then, he’s played for the Rangers, Cubs, Red Sox, Mets, and Pirates. He made the All-Star team in 2010 while playing for the Cubs. He made an important play in that game–the first that counted towards home field advantage in the World Series–throwing David Ortiz out at second in the ninth inning.

Byrd tested positive for PEDs in 2012 and was suspended for 50 games.

He is a careerĀ .280/.336/.425 hitter.

In 2013, he hit .291/.336/.511 after a dreadful 2012 season. He should be an upgrade over what John Mayberry Jr. gave the Phillies last year, but if this is a move that Ruben Amaro Jr. is putting a lot of stake in (like he did with the Youngs last year), I’m not so sure that it’s the right one. There’s plenty of offseason left, though, and a lot of guys still out there.

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  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Byrd, Byrd, Byrd is the word. Not a bad signing and could be an excellent on. We need to wait and see. It may also give us room to fill other key positions like starting pitcher,
    bullpen arms and bench bats.

  • Posts: 0 Carlos Danger

    Another “back of the baseball card” player evaluation by RAJ. $16M for Byrd’s age 36 & 37 seasons?? Awful signing.

  • Posts: 87 Johanna

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    I don’t love this signing. Out of all the guys out there he is the one I wanted least. What about getting younger? I can’t get excited about a 36 year old has been, sorry. I feel like this is one of the same mistakes that has been made in the past. I don’t know I guess with the heavy salaries we already have on the team we can’t expect much better though. Cruz – no way is he worth 5 years and 75 mil – so, good for Rube for staying away from that.

  • Posts: 0 Cory K

    Not sure why everyone is up in arms over this one. Despite what Law says this is pretty much market value for him (see MLB trade rumors free agent profile). Who are the alternatives? Cruz, Grandy, Beltran? They are also old and will cost more $$ and years and a draft pick. Morse is no option, that would be like signing Delmon again.

  • Posts: 0 Malo

    I just wish Ruben wasn’t as aggressive in free agency, but it’s always hard to bank on patience. The pieces you might want might not be there when you come to get them.

    I would say one more thing, I think that if this season isn’t better for Philadelphia, next year will be his last chance.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    In the vacuum of a team that Amaro hadn’t already destroyed it would not be a big deal.

    It just looks like more of the same.

    Been distressing to sit back and watch the guy destroy a franchise.

    Its done though so this is really not a big deal. Just more of the same.

    He can do whatever he wants the team wont win till hes gone. Long gone. Because this is damage that will take more than 5 years to fix.

    Happy off season to everyone and enjoy the holidays.

    See you next year when the Phillies will be in first place on opening day and we will have hope.

  • Posts: 0 Eric D

    Does everyone realize that Byrd immediately becomes the oldest regular position player on the team? He’ll be 38 at the end of the contract.

    Does everyone know he was making 700k last year and the year before was out of MOB altogether?

    Does everyone realize that he averages about a K per game? Should make opposing pitches very happy seeing Howard then Byrd.

    As far as power hitting RHB well he’s only hit more then 12HRs 2x. One of them being in his age 35 season. Power usually goes down with age.

    There are so many players how there that could give us the same production at far less then 16m over 2 yrs and that aren’t going into their 36yr old season. The ONLY way this isn’t a HORRIBLE move is if they plan on adding another bat in CF.

    • Posts: 0 Phillips Fan from Germany

      I am curious, Name a few OF options that can be had for two years and 16 Million

      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        Pipe dreaming?

  • Posts: 0 john

    He fits right in with Howard, Utley and Rollins. Why the crying?

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    No new thinking by Rube. It seems he doesnt know how to evaluate young talent or is afraid to take chances. This is why he keeps going with the 35+ yo players.

  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Howard Eskin tweeted this at about 10:15 Tuesday night:

    “I’m told #phillies working on a major trade. Details tonight at 10:50 @FOX29philly news. Will tweet after news.”

    According to Eskin, it turns out the player that the Phillies are targeting is Jose Bautista. Domonic Brown reportedly would be one of the players involved in the trade.

  • Posts: 0 Jim Knoblock

    The lowly Mets would LOVE marlin back. Are u kidding me? Face it…The available players are thin. I’ll take Marlon and improve my less than average outfield while still leaving options to sign Chooch, get a starting hurler and acquire some vital bullpen arms.
    Church yo.

  • Posts: 0 Carlos Danger

  • Posts: 0 George

    Biiding against himself? Don’t be an idiot. There were many other teams interested in Byrd, and two years is pretty much the free agent norm these days.

  • Posts: 0 George

    JMJ needs to be pushed out.

    And 2012 was an outlier for Byrd. He had so few at bats it wasn’t even close to a decent sample size. The rest of his career has been pretty consistent.

  • Posts: 0 Graham G

    I 100% agree Dave P. I would rather have Mike Morse who has been pretty consistent the past few years (not including last year’s injury stricken season). He would be cheaper especially after coming off a poor season and his bat projects well at our park. Morse is also 5 years younger. Byrd is not worth 8ml a year. We better see more bat signings!


    Hooray for buying into career years! Thanks Amaro. :)

  • Posts: 0 Carlos Danger

    He doesn’t actually hate the Phillies. It’s just that from an advanced metrics perspective, hardly any of Amaro’s moves make sense.

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