Reds acquire Marlon Byrd

The Reds acquired veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Phillies in a trade for right-handed pitching prospect Ben Lively, a source told MLB.com on Wednesday. Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal first broke the transaction. The Reds will also receive an unspecified amount of cash in the deal to pick up a portion of Byrd’s salary.

Neither team has commented on or confirmed the report.

Byrd, 37, is set to make $8 million next season with an $8 million vesting option for 2016 that becomes guaranteed with 600 plate appearances in 2015 or 1,100 plate appearances in 2014-15, including 550 plate appearances in 2015.

More to come on MLB.com/Reds.com.

UPDATE — Still waiting for official word as of 3 p.m.

Some pros on Byrd:

*Hit 49 homers the past two seasons.

*Was big in the Pirates’ stretch run of 2013 after he was a Trade Deadline acquisition…batted .364 in six games during his only postseason.

Some cons:

*Is 37.

*185 strikeouts last season was a career high.

*Two games since in LF since 2010 season.

UPDATE NO. 2 at 3:23 p.m. — The Reds announced the deal is complete. Walt Jocketty and Bryan Price will hold a conference call with the media soon.

Story up on MLB.com here:

http://m.reds.mlb.com/news/article/105274500/reds-acquire-outfielder-marlon-byrd-in-deal-with-phillies

17 Comments

Hopefully he will not be Ryan Ludwick II

Great trade. Who did we give up?

Ben Lively

Lively, 22, was the Reds’ fourth-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Central Florida, and he’s quickly made his way through the minors, spending 2014 with Class A+ Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola. Overall, he posted a 3.04 ERA with 10.2 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9. MLB.com ranks Lively as the Reds’ eighth-best prospect, noting that his stuff overwhelming but that he does have four good pitches and hides the ball well.

Red’s platoon never worked…nor would have…
Statistics…………Byrd……………Reds R/H OF
PA…………………1,123………………1,135*
HR…………………….49……………………25*
BA…………………..277…………………..241
OBP………………..323…………………..291*
SLG…………………476………………….366
* lowest in NL

Yeah – anything better than that tired platoon!

Additional ‘pros’…
* played LF in parts of 6 seasons
1066 Innings
277 chances
2 E
.993% FLD%
* over 13 seasons….333 OBP

Stupid stupid trade. Byrd will never live up to the contract, oh and we gave up a good prospect as well. Please tell me the Phils are eating half that salary. Now the Reds are making rash moves and taking on stupid money. Blah couldn’t they just stay put?

You and I are on the same wave length, but it’s done and it is what it is. Have to wait and see now. I would love to eat crow on this, but I doubt it. What is the official buyout at the end of 2015 when Winker will take over LF or are we stuck regardless of what he does.

I think it’s an upgrade from what they had . Let’s hope he has a couple of years left . You’re right. It’s done . Let’s hope it works .

Now I think Walt has no clue what he is doing nor does he understand stats beyond home runs and rbi’s. Byrd is a poor defender, on base guy and strikes out too much

Marlon Byrd logged a plus-6 Defensive Runs Saved in 2014, per Baseball Info Solutions. Tied for 6th best among NL RF

While Baseball-reference and Fangraphs each had him negative dWar.

I’m sure that there also must be a $5million buyout added to this for the 2016 season as per the usual Walt protocol.

Byrd is vested for eight mill in 2016 if he gets 600 plate appearances in 2015 or a combination of a certain number of
plate appearances for 2014 and 2015, that could get interesting. Still wished we could have gotten Aoki but it is what it is.

Ok so phils are paying 4 mil. Still don’t think he fits this team but at least it’s more palatable.

i like the fit! Saw interview on 19 – Looks to me like Byrd will fit in great. Already knows lot of the guys – even roomed with BP in Ariz. league. Really like the attitude he expresses.

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