Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Phillies were working on a deal with the Cincinnati Reds that would've sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Reds but the deal fell apart. Despite the deal falling apart, Morosi notes a trade can still be reworked between the two teams.
Byrd 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 batted .264/.312/.445 with 25 home runs and 85 RBIs in 154 games for the Phillies in 2014. He 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 consensus believes Byrd could be good for an American League team who could potentially utilize him as a designated hitter from time to time. Maybe the Reds still think he is good enough for the outfield.
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