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.
*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: