The trade deadline is quickly approaching and contending teams are going to be turning to the Phillies to see who they can pluck from their roster to prepare for the playoffs. The Cincinnati Reds are one of those teams as they have been ravaged by injuries this season yet are still within striking distance in the tight National league Central.
CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports the Reds have expressed interest in acquiring rightfielder Marlon Byrd and left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies.
Bastardo, 28, is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 42 games this season for the Phillies. Opponents are batting just .156/.280/.272 off of him this season while he has been particularly tough on left-handed batters who are batting just .143 off of him.
Byrd, who turns 37 on August 30th, could be a solid addition for a Reds. Byrd is batting .266/.318/.484 with 19 home runs and 55 RBIs in 97 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 if Cincinnati is close to competing for a playoff spot, nothing might get in their way.
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