Jul 2, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd (3) reacts after flied out during the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. The Marlins won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Mariners scouted Marlon Byrd

Lost in all the LeBron madness, was this from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick this morning, perhaps signaling that even in Philly, we get our small victories.

Byrd, who has slugged 18 homeruns and driven in 52 RBIs in 2014, would provide some veteran pop to a Mariners team that is fading out of the AL West race, but still clinging onto the second American League wild-card spot.

As for his value? Byrd is 36 years-old, still is under contract for a manageable eight million next year, but has a very attainable eight million dollar option for 2016, a season in which he would be 38. Him having that option doesn’t necessarily up his value.

Still, the fact that he is having one of the best years of career, could mean that the Phillies get some sort of a medium return for Byrd, should they actually move him. Him being scouted means that the ball is just getting rolling on his value, and certainly, nothing is imminent.

Update 2:50 PM EST: Byrd has four teams that he can block trades to on his two-year deal, and the Mariners are on of those teams, per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury.

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