Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jim Bowden proposes trade to bring Marlon Byrd to Reds

You don't have to be a baseball expert to notice how badly the Reds need offensive help.

Entering Sunday, Cincinnati's depleted offense had mustered just 14 runs in eight games since the All-Star Break. With top hitters Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips expected to be out of the lineup for several more weeks, the need to add an extra bat has become critical if the Reds want keep pace in the postseason picture.

One of the names rumored to be connected to the Reds is Philadelphia's Marlon Byrd. And former general manager and current ESPN Insider Jim Bowden believes he has the perfect package the Reds could use to acquire Byrd via trade.

In his piece featuring proposed trades for each team in the National League Central, Bowden suggests GM Walt Jocketty should offer OF Donald Lutz and minor league RHP Jon Moscot to the Phillies in exchange for Byrd. Bowden points out that Byrd's power would play well in the cozy corridors of Great American Ball Park. However, one concern with Byrd is the fact that he's owed $8 million next season. Plus, he wouldn't be able to play anywhere else but the outfield either. With that being said, Byrd is definitely the premier power bat on the trade market and now team needs a boost to their offense than the Reds.

For what it's worth, I'm not in favor of the Reds taking on Byrd and his big salary. The Reds already have enough bad contracts on their payroll and adding another one in a soon-to-be 37-year-old outfielder isn't exactly wise. If I were Jocketty, I would rather pursue Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist, who has the flexibility to play first, third, and outfield on defense. Given Cincinnati's injury situation, Zobrist definitely makes the most sense. But Tampa Bay's recent winning streak may prevent the Rays from trading the super utilityman at all.


Anonymous said...

as a reds fan I am not in favor of either trade. byrd is having a solid year but his age and contract are not worth it for the reds. besides pitchers would just pitch around him and the results would be the same for the reds offense. zobrist is 33 and basically a super utility guy batting .260 plus he is due 7 million next season. plus the rays would want what good prospects the reds have in return for him. the reds are just now getting some prospects teams what which means help is on the way and while it may take a couple of years to get there there is no point in dealing the future. if the reds want to be contenders for years to come they need to be able to do what the cardinals do when they need help and that is pick up the phone and call up somebody to fill in the where needed. this season is over for the reds and trading prospects so they finish 10 games out instead of 15 makes no sense.

rockyo8 said...

Byrd strikes out too much how about Morneau or Zobrist and Hanigan back.