36-year-old Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd is hitting .270/.318/.477 with 20 home runs in 446 plate appearances, making him one of the better power hitters available in advance of this afternoon’s trade deadline. Byrd has no-trade protection for the Royals, Mariners, Rays, and Blue Jays, plus about $2.6MM in salary remaining this year. He’s owed $8MM for 2015, with another $8MM that could vest for 2016 based on plate appearances. Furthermore, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted Monday that Byrd will only waive his no-trade clause for those four teams if his option is exercised. The latest on Byrd:
- The Yankees are out on Byrd, hears ESPN’s Jayson Stark.
- The Phillies’ asking price for Byrd is extremely high, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. He says the Phillies gave the Mariners a list of three good prospects and suggested the Ms pick two of them. That request, plus Byrd’s no-trade protection, “seemed to scuttle things” between the two clubs. ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted yesterday that the Mariners were out on Byrd. A source who spoke to Heyman says the Phillies believe what they’ve been offered so far for Byrd is “embarrassing.”
- The Yankees, Pirates, and Giants are among the teams that have been previously linked to Byrd and have not been ruled out.