Marlon Byrd has had suitors this season but they have been met by a peculiar four-team no-trade clause the Phillies gave Byrd in the offseason. The two of the four teams - the Blue Jays and Rays - are on the list because they play on artificial turf.
How the two other teams - the Mariners and Royals - landed on the list is a little more... curious. "I'm not sure why I picked those two teams," Byrd told Jayson Stark of ESPN.
"I don't know how that happened," Byrd told Stark. "You know, it's weird. If you have a 20-team no-trade, there's some thought that goes into it. But… somehow, it just worked out this year to where those were two of the four teams."
The Royals showed interest in Byrd last week but reports yesterday say Kansas City is no longer an option. In addition, talks remain stalled with the Seattle Mariners. Talks originally stalled with Seattle two weeks ago.
Byrd 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.
Byrd, who turns 37 on August 30th, could be a solid addition for a club looking for an outfield boost to make a postseason appearance. Byrd is batting .273/.321/.482 with 20 home runs and 60 RBIs in 105 games for the Phillies this season. He has provided valuable right-handed power batting behind Ryan Howard in the Phillies lineup.
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.
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