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Hey everyone, we have our first free agent signing of the winter! Of course, it's the Phillies. Of course, it's a veteran coming off of a career year. And of course, it's a multi-year deal that seems a little steep: Marlon Byrd for two years and $16 million.
Also this week, MLB announced a new TV show on MTV2, we've learned that Joe Mauer is now a first baseman, the qualifying offer system is a failure, the Braves are leaving Turner Field, and which teams are most desperate this winter.
Awards season also kicked off, with Wil Myers and Jose Fernandez winning the Rookie of the Year awards and Terry Francona and Clint Hurdle winning the Manager of the Year awards. Cy Young awards will be announced tonight, and MVP awards will be announced on Thursday.
Enjoy your offseason, everyone.
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Marlon Byrd is flying back to a familiar perch, agreeing to a two-year deal worth $16mm with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 36-year old outfielder wasted little time in free agency, flirting with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and New York Mets before returning to the team he started his career with in 2002.
After appearing in only 47 games in an suspension-shortened 2012...
So the Twitterverse is freaking out. It's somewhat about Marlon Byrd, but fans seem to care more about the dollar amount he received. Here are some samples: Someone tell me that Byrd's deal is not for 16 million dollars, that is a fireable offense — Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) November 12,...
Marlon Byrd turned in a career year at age 36 and parlayed that performance into has a two-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to published reports.
Byrd started he season with the New York Mets before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates and hit a combined .291 with a career-high 24 homers and 88 RBIs during the regular season, then drove in five...
Marlon Byrd is closing in on an agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies after rebounding to hit a career-high 24 homers this year for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh.
A person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday that if the deal is completed it probably will be for two years, and the agreement could be put in place soon. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition...
The cost of doing business in baseball's inflationary market manifested itself Tuesday in the form of a 36-year-old outfielder who was exiled last winter to Mexico.
Marlon Byrd signed a $700,000 last-chance, minor-league contract with the New York Mets in February and was traded to Pittsburgh in August. He bashed 24 home runs in a 2013 resurrection.
That made him attractive...
The Philadelphia Phillies have gone cheap in their search for an outfielder, inking former Met and Pirate Marlon Byrd to a two-year deal. Terms are currently unknown, though Adam Rubin of ESPN New York had a source tell him that Byrd would make $16 million over the two years.
Byrd had a fantastic bounce back year in 2013, hitting .291/.336/.511 with 24 homers in 579 plate appearances...
Nine months ago, Marlon Byrd could not secure a major league deal from any team leading him to sign a minor league deal with an invite to camp with the New York Mets. Two days ago, he parlayed a 136 wRC+ into a guaranteed two-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. As Dave Cameron pointed out, Byrd reinvented himself in 2013 at age-35 by swapping contact for power. The result...
The first significant Pirates offseason target is off the board – Marlon Byrd and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a 2-year, $16 million deal. Byrd, who is 36, was able to cash in on his extremely productive 2013 season and earn a multi-year deal at a very good price – something he hadn’t really done in his long career.
The Pirates almost certainly wanted to retain...
After enjoying the best season of his career, veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd has agreed to sign a two-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, the same franchise he made his major league debut with back in 2002.
Byrd began 2013 with the New York Mets before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in August. The 36-year-old slugger...
The Phillies will sign free agent outfielder and former Phillie Marlon Byrd, according to WIP. The 36 year old Byrd was with the Phillies from 2002 to 2005, before a trade that sent him to the Washington Nationals for Endy Chavez.
Since then, he’s played for the Rangers, Cubs, Red Sox, Mets, and Pirates. He made the All-Star team in 2010 while playing for the Cubs...
The Phillies sign Marlon Byrd for two years.
Joe D. wrote earlier that the Marlon Byrd signing was a “power play” by the Philadelphia Phillies, and he couldn’t be more correct. It was a power play because they knew the Mets were interested in Byrd, and this signing could have also priced out a lot of the players for the Mets. It potentially screwed the Mets from two angles. If Byrd gets $8 mil per year, what the heck...
On the day the New York Mets extended manager Terry Collins’ contract, GM Sandy Alderson said he had the resources to make a $100-million plus deal.
ALDERSON: Whats’s his budget? (AP)
Not surprisingly, he backed off that stance at GM meetings in Orlando, telling ESPN: “We’ve been in that stratosphere once recently with David Wright. Those were special circumstances. I think...
The Philadelphia Phillies signed Marlon Byrd already, but are they done upgrading their outfield? They may not be, according to a report. The name they are reportedly looking to acquire could change the outlook in the NL East.
Howard Eskin of Fox 29 reports that the Phillies are in deep and serious discussions with the Toronto Blue Jays to acquire outfielder Jose Bautista. Going...
The Phillies have reached an agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal with free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The Phillies wasted no time in working to improve one of the worst offenses in the league last season. Byrd will bring them some needed punch.
This is not surprising considering he was one of the most productive players in the NL...