Marlon Byrd once appeared like the most likely, semi-big name on the Phillies’ roster to be moved before the July 31st trade deadline. But here we are on July 31st, and Byrd’s reluctance to move across the country to his fourth team in two years and Ruben Amaro giving him a lovely third-year option, appear to have killed his trade value.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Phillies received some ‘embarrassing’ offers for Byrd, but had a serious suitor in the Mariners. Until they got really unrealistic with their demands.
Word is, the Phillies handed Seattle a list of three good prospects, and suggested the Mariners pick two to send for Byrd. That seemed to scuttle things.
Byrd might be having a very good season, but he is a 36 year-old corner outfielder, who is due eight million next year, and has a very attainable eight million dollar vesting option for the 2016 season. Corner outfielders aren’t necessarily hard to find, especially ones who have more team friendly deals (in the long-term) than Byrd does.
For the time being, a majority of Byrd’s suitors appear to be focused on Alex Rios of the Rangers, who is a free-agent to be. If Rios is moved shortly, maybe a last-minute market for Byrd reemerges. Right now, though, it looks like Byrd, isn’t going bye-bye.
Update 3:42 PM EST: On ESPN’s MLB Trade Deadline special, ESPN’s Jayson Stark confirmed that Byrd isn’t going to be traded to a team like the Yankees, which has been speculated about. When asked by his colleague Buster Olney, Stark admitted it seems unlikely the Phillies will make any trades before the approaching deadline.