Found November 13, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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 to the Phillies, and they acted with aggression. Now, Byrd is a $16 million asset. "There's not a lot of power out there; it's pretty simple," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "It's difficult to develop and it's difficult to hold on to." So the Phillies signed Byrd to a two-year, $16 million contract that returns the 10th-round pick in 1999 to his roots. The deal includes a club or vesting option for 2016 and various bonuses. Amaro would not comment on the matter Tuesday at the general managers meetings in Orlando before the deal was finalized. It is a lavish cont...
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