Price on Byrd joining Reds
On MLB.com, I will have the full reaction on the Marlon Byrd trade to the Reds for RHP Ben Lively from GM Walt Jocketty and Byrd.
Reds manager Bryan Price was also pleased to acquire a run producer and left fielder.
“I’m really excited about it for the obvious reasons,” Price said. “Certainly for the run production since that was an area we struggled with through the injuries and challenges of last year. The theme we’ve been talking about a lot here is having somebody that can really go out there on a daily basis and play the game the right way and add another quality professional to our mix. It makes us better in a lot of ways, not just statistically from a run production standpoint but from the standpoint of how hard we’re going to play and how we prepare. He can help our guys. He’s got plenty of years in the league. If that can rub off on our players, he makes everyone around him better.”
Price believed that Byrd brings intangibles to the clubhouse. He’s been aware of him from years of his teams playing against Byrd at his various stops in the Majors.
“It’s one of those things that just stand out,” Price said. “What the intangibles are beyond the productivity in a particular role. Those to me are always on display for guys who never shut it down. There are a lot of guys that can play hard when things are going well and swinging the bat well or pitching well. There’s a certain energy that emanates from that player. The guys that stand out as true professionals are the guys that continue to play at that high of a level of intensity and aggressiveness and effort when they’re not playing well or their team is not winning consistently. I always noticed that about Marlon that it didn’t matter the circumstances. He played the game hard and he played it the right way.”
Price was asked if he had a lineup in mind with Byrd part of it and did not have one yet. I’d imagine he’ll go somewhere in the middle of the order.