MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports the Seattle Mariners are targeting right-handed bats before the July 31st trading deadline. While Cotillo mentions White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo as a possible target, the Phillies also offer a right-handed bat who can be had at a relatively reasonable price: Marlon Byrd.
Byrd, who turns 37 on August 30th, could be a solid addition for a Mariners club looking for their first postseason appearance since 2001. Byrd is batting .267/.319/.488 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs in 84 games for the Phillies this season. He has provided valuable right-handed power batting behind Ryan Howard in the Phillies lineup.
One stumbling block for any potential Byrd deal is his contract. He is owed just $2.61 million following the July 31st trading deadline but is guaranteed $8 million next season as a 37-year-old with an $8 million vesting option for 2016. If the 2016 option doesn't vest with 600 plate appearances in 2015 then it becomes a team option.
The $8 million guaranteed for an outfielder in his late-30s might be a turn off but for an American League team who could potentially utilize him as a designated hitter from time to time it might not be so bad. If the price for the 25-year-old Viciedo gets too high, Seattle could be calling Ruben Amaro Jr. about Byrd.
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