The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports the "Mariners have had serious discussions with the Phillies about Marlon Byrd." Divish also reports Byrd would be willing to waive his limited no-trade clause to join the Mariners.
It was just Friday reports surfaced that Byrd had a limited no-trade clause and the Mariners, along with just three other teams, are on the list. The Mariners have been scouting the Phillies' rightfielder recently.
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 .263/.315/.479 with 18 home runs and 54 RBIs in 94 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.
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