Found November 12, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
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 split between the Mets and Pirates. Against lefties, Byrd hit .344/.376/.583, which could set him up nicely in a platoon with Darin Ruf, who struggled against southpaws in 2013. There's still a substantial bit of risk with Byrd, and a two-year contract does nothing to alleviate those risks. Byrd turned 36 at the end of August and had far and away the best season of his career. He was coming off of a disastrous 2012 where Byrd hit just .210/.243/.245 in 153 plate appearances for the Cubs and Red Sox, getting slapped with a 50 game PED suspension in the process. Byrd's rebound year i...
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