Reds acquire veteran OF Byrd from Phillies for minor leaguer
DEC 31, 2:46p ET | AP
Rotowire: Jan 1 / 10:44p ET
News: Byrd will likely bat sixth for the Reds, the Cincinnati Enquirer surmises.
Impact: The Reds received $4 million in the deal along with Byrd in exchange for Ben Lively. Byrd isn't much of an on-base guy, but even getting league-average power would be a quantum leap over what the Reds received in left field in 2013, and there wasn't much available on the free agent market that would have been better.
Rotowire: Dec 31 / 10:51a ET
News: Byrd will be dealt to the Reds, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
Impact: The trade, which is expected to be formally announced later in the day Wednesday, will reportedly send right-hander Ben Lively to the Phillies. Philadelphia is also expected to send a significant amount of cash to Cincinnati as part of the deal. Byrd, 37, hit .264/.312/.445 with 25 home runs and 85 RBI last season.
StatsLLC: Dec 31 / 12:00a ET
News: The Phillies traded outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds and included cash to pay part of his salary on Wednesday, getting a minor league pitcher in return.
Impact: The Reds have been trying to get a left fielder in the offseason but failed to sign a free agent. The 37-year-old Byrd batted .264 last season with 25 homers and 85 RBIs. He gets $8 million next season on the final year of a two-year deal that includes an $8 million team option for 2016.