FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies have signed free-agent outfielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year deal. The news was first reported by WIP Midday host Michael Barkann.
Byrd, 36, had arguably his best season as a professional last year split between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates batting .291/.336/.511 with 22 home runs and 88 RBIs. In his 12-year career, Byrd is a .280/.336/.425 hitter who averages 14 home runs and 69 RBIs. He used to be a centerfielder but has lost a step and played mostly corner outfield in 2013.
I've like the man ever since he came up with the Phillies and I've rooted for him everywhere except New York but... this signing screams a return to mediocrity. If Amaro wants to be considered a player in the market and wants to take another run with the Phillies aging core, I don't think Marlon Byrd is the answer. However, I am aware that it is very early in the off-season to be passing judgement.
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