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.
Reds and Phillies continue trade talks regarding Marlon Byrd according to sourcesA 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.
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 23, 2014
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?