Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Mariners progress to acquire Marlon Byrd from the Phillies has stalled. The Mariners are reportedly talking to the Tampa Bay Rays regarding ace left-hander David Price and infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist.
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 Mariners club looking for their first postseason appearance since 2001. Byrd is batting .261/.315/.475 with 18 home runs and 54 RBIs in 95 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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