Jun 29, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd (3) runs toward after hitting a home run during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Mariners, Royals among those interested in Marlon Byrd (UPDATE)


Despite the fact that we learned earlier this week that Marlon Byrd happens to have both the Royals and Mariners blocked on a four-team no-trade clause, the interest from the two upstart A.L. teams doesn’t seem to have subsided, according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.

5. Marlon Byrd, OF, Phillies — The Mariners, Royals, and others are interested in Byrd, who could provide outfield depth and righthanded hitting. Byrd is going to be one of a few righthanded hitters who will likely get some play, including Michael Cuddyer and Josh Willingham.

While both Cuddyer and Willingham come with relatively big names, they both have their baggage. While Cuddyer is hitting .317 with five homeruns, injuries have limited him to 31 games this year. Willingham did have a time in his career where he could hit 25-30 homeruns a season, but in the 159 games that he has played between 2013 and 2014, he’s hit for a combined .210 average, obviously greatly reducing his power output and overall effectiveness at the plate.

Both Cuddyer and Willingham are free-agents at the end of this year, so the fact that teams wouldn’t have to make any sort of long-term commitment to either and they don’t have as much trade value, could make them more attractive to other teams. Then again, Byrd playing the best baseball of his career in his mid-30′s may make teams less hesitant to make a move for him than either Willingham or Cuddyer.

The biggest fear for the Phillies in trying to move Byrd to either the Royals or Mariners would be the fact that Byrd does have an eight million dollar option for a third season, and to be moved to either of the two he would make the team guarantee the option. I know if I was Byrd, to move to my fourth team in two calendar years, I would want some sort of long-term security like that. As for what it would do to his value, as well as Byrd is playing right now, forgive the Mariners and Royals if they don’t jump at the chance to give a 36 year-old what would essentially be a two-year/$16 million deal.

**********UPDATE***************

There are somewhat conflicting reports on how close a potential deal between the Mariners and Phillies involving Byrd are. Ryan Divish, Mariners beat writer for the Seattle Times, claims that Byrd is willing to waive his NTC for a move to Seattle.

 

After their loss to the Nationals, Leslie Gudel of CSNPhilly.com gathered information from Byrd regarding the prior report.

 

 

We’ll follow this story in the coming days with any and all developments.

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