Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Report: Reds continue trade talks with Phillies involving Marlon Byrd

According to a report by Jim Bowden, the Reds and Phillies remain in trade talks involving veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd.

Cincinnati has been one of several teams rumored to be interested in Byrd as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. It goes without saying, but the Reds desperately need a power threat in their lineup. And the 36-year-old Byrd would seemingly provide that.
A 13-year veteran, Byrd is hitting .266/.319/.480 with 19 home runs and 57 RBI in 383 at-bats for the Phillies in 2014. This coming after Byrd inked a two-year deal worth $16 million (with a vesting option for 2016) with Philadelphia in the offseason.

Of the players rumored to be available on the trading block, Byrd seems to be the best option when it comes to providing run generation. However, the drawback with him (aside from his age) is the fact that he is still owed so much money on the backend of his current contract. For a small market team like the Reds, this is definitely a concern. But what is also concerning is the lack of offense Cincinnati has been mustering since Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips hit the disabled list.

The potential acquisition of Byrd would come at a price, though, most likely in the form of a couple of the club's top prospects (excluding Robert Stephenson or Jesse Winker).

Do you believe the loss of prospects for Byrd would be worth it?

1 comment:

Peter Rabbit said...

Absolutely not would it hurt to make some kind of trade for an outfielder to replace Jay Bruce. He is making $10.4 million a year and strikes out way too much and has a terrible batting average plus at times it seems he cannot even pick the ball up. I wonder if he and Joey Votto ever think about moving 2-3 inches closer to the plate when they have two strikes on them. They both sure are suckers for that low outside pitch for STRIKE THREE. I always thought spring training were where they learn how to hit, field, and bunt, but obviously there are about three-four players that don't comprehend some important basic skills. Also what are the Reds paying for a batting coach where it is plain to see neither Votto, Bruce, and Cozart have made any changes in their approach to hitting. It is pitiful and I would doubt very much if they make the playoffs at all this year. Their offense stinks just like the team does when they have runners on 2nd and 3rd and cannot produce. I don't know the exact figure, but it seems like a they were 2/40 in the last six games after the All Star Game. To me Jay Bruce is like a cancer to the team and dreaded the day he got that 10.4 contract. This may be my last year as a season ticket holder.