Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd is no longer a trade option for the Kansas City Royals. The Royals showed interest in Byrd last week. In addition, Rosenthal reports that talks remain stalled with the Seattle Mariners. Talks originally stalled with Seattle two weeks ago.
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 club looking for an outfield boost to make a postseason appearance. Byrd is batting .266/.316/.478 with 20 home runs and 60 RBIs in 104 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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