The Phillies are going to be sellers come the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. Who they are actually able to sell is the real question.
Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Kansas City Royals are interested in acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd. The interest in Byrd is contingent upon Kansas City actually becoming buyers at the trade deadline which is looking less and less likely as they currently sit at 48-50.
Another problem that could arise is Byrd's limited no-trade clause which allows him to block trades to four teams, one of which is the Royals. Another team on the list, the Seattle Mariners, is also interested in Byrd and reports surfaced last last week that Byrd wants his option year guaranteed before waiving his no-trade clause. That could be an issue for Kansas City's pursuit.
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 Royals club looking for their first postseason appearance since they won the World Series in 1985. 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 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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