MARLON BYRD NEWS

The Details of Jose Tabata’s New Swing

On Friday I wrote about how Jose Tabata talked to Marlon Byrd over the off-season, aimed at changing his swing to add some leverage, lift the ball, and avoid hitting grounders and weak line drives. So far the results have been encouraging during batting practice, with Tabata now showing the ability to pull the ball, including several big home runs to left field during batting practice...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Newcomer Byrd knows Reds looking for more than offense

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Marlon Byrd knows the Reds traded for him because they think he'll bring them more than just another run producer in left field. Cincinnati is hoping the 14-year veteran also helps with a clubhouse that's still got a lot of young players. Byrd notes that he's been demoted, suspended and traded, so can help everyone learn from his experience. The Reds got Byrd...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Tabata Changed His Swing After Talking With Marlon Byrd

Yesterday, Jose Tabata put one on the roof of the batting cages over the left-field fence at Pirate City. Today, he added two more. By that pattern, he should hit three over the high fence in left in batting practice tomorrow. It’s only batting practice, but the power to left field is surprising. Tabata didn’t hit any home runs in 186 plate appearances in the majors last year...
Via Pirates Prospects
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Veteran Marlon Byrd sees powerful potential in Reds lineup

GOODYEAR, AZ. -- Marlon Byrd has the word on the Cincinnati Reds. In fact, he has more than a few words about his new team. Don't try to tell Byrd that the Reds will be bottom feeders, residents of the depths of the National League Central, as most prognosticators believe. Byrd, the team's new left fielder, stood in front of his locker Wednesday morning and talked expansively as...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding Stats - Some Moneyball Fantasy Options

I'm just as guilty as anyone. Draft Day has arrived, you are prepared and you feel excited about your first few picks. Then come the middle rounds and all the elite talent is gone. You're on the clock and at some point in the draft you will freeze and pick a guy based on his name. A safe well known player across the league. Use these precious picks on pitching, closers or a position...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Cincinnati Reds

The Reds went from a 90-win team that made the postseason, to a 76-win club in 2014. It didn’t help the situation when Cincinnati lost their $250 million player. Joey Votto strained his left quadriceps in the early portion of the season and was only able to play in 62 games, after playing in all 162 contests the previous year. ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: Matt...
Via Fox Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Byrd solve Reds problems in left field?

Marlon Byrd has played 13 seasons in Major League Baseball. The Reds are the eighth organization he will have played for when Year 14 starts in April. It's not like he can't stick with a team. His services have been in demand. The Reds hope his services will fill the void that has been left field the last two seasons. They hope that even at the age of 37, Byrd can produce as he has...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Byrd solve Reds problems in left field?

Marlon Byrd has played 13 seasons in Major League Baseball. The Reds are the eighth organization he will have played for when Year 14 starts in April. It's not like he can't stick with a team. His services have been in demand. The Reds hope his services will fill the void that has been left field the last two seasons. They hope that even at the age of 37, Byrd can produce as he has...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee could be dealt during Spring Training

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins this winter, have aggressively tried (and failed) to move both Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon, and are listening on Cole Hamels. The forgotten man in their rebuild is Cliff Lee, who made just three starts after mid-May because of an elbow strain. But according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Phillies could still...
Via Bloguin Best
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 400 for 2015 Fantasy Baseball

Finally, we come to the end of the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings. (Can we start games already?) A little birdie told me we’re opening up our commenter fantasy leagues on Monday. Then the little birdie pooped on my shoulder and I thought it was blue cheese and I put it on a cracker and– Wait, where was I? So, the top 400 for 2015 fantasy baseball isn't meant to surprise or...
Via Razzball
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Rule 5 Pick Herrera Staying Hot in Venezuela; Franco Sixth in OPS

With the departure of Marlon Byrd in the rear view mirror, the 2015 outfield for the Phillies looks to be a combination of Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, Darin Ruf, Grady Sizemore and maybe even Jeff Franceour. The one dark horse to get some increased playing time would be Rule 5...
Via Philliedelphia
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds are going nowhere fast

What’s going nowhere fast and red all over? The Cincinnati Reds, of course! After a 76-win season, the Reds have seemingly adopted the bold strategy of maintaining the status quo. Their offseason thus far has consisted of just three moves of any note: trading away Mat Latos, trading away Aldredo Simon and trading for Marlon Byrd. That’s two moves with an eye on rebuilding...
Via The Outside Corner
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Getting to Know Ben Lively

milb.com When Marlon Byrd was dealt to the Reds, the Phillies acquired promising pitcher Ben Lively. The 22-year-old starred at Double-A last year and is currently #8 on the Phillies prospect list, according to MLB.com. In time, we’ll see where our own Jay Floyd puts him among Phillies farmhands. Lively spoke with MILB.com about the trade to the Phillies organization and more...
Via Phillies Nation
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Making the case FOR the Marlon Byrd trade

A lot of what I’ve written about the Marlon Byrd trade hasn’t been favorable. To be blunt, I think he’s going to be a below-average hitter in 2015 while also playing a corner outfield spot. That’s not a good thing. His age, a decline in power from 2013 to 2014 and an ever-increasing strikeout rate that’s jumped up nearly 80% over the last four years (rising each year)…...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Marlon Byrd, Ben Lively, and Deception

The Phillies just traded Marlon Byrd to the Reds for a pitcher that couldn’t crack Cincinnati’s top ten prospect lists. Could the Phillies have done better than Ben Lively for their asset? The answer to that question depends on deception. Even though Byrd’s old, he’s been an above-average player the last two years, and he’s […]
Via Fangraphs
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlon Byrd, Ben Lively, and deception

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Via Fox Sports
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

A Post-Byrd Roster and Prospects Look

A lock to make it? Well, the Phillies are certainly in rebuilding mode now. They traded their third veteran this off-season yesterday, sending Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds for prospect pitcher Ben Lively. Byrd joins Jimmy Rollins, Antonio Bastardo, and Roberto Hernandez amongst the jettisoned, and Lively becomes the...
Via Philliedelphia
January 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday: Comparing the Phillies' Byrd Trades of 2005 and 2014

Wednesday afternoon, the Phillies traded Marlon Byrd, 37, to the Cincinatti Reds in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Ben Lively, 22. Lively was ranked the 12th-best prospect in the Reds' organization according to Baseball America's 2015 Prospect Handbook. In 26 starts combined with A+ and AA ranked teams within the...
Via Philliedelphia
January 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Unless the Phillies Acquire Someone, Domonic Brown Should Play

After trading away incumbent right fielder Marlon Byrd, Phillies GM said that Domonic Brown will likely get a shot in right field in 2015. This was not welcome news for some Phillies fans, who tired of the Domonic Brown that they watched play the latter part of 2013 and all...
Via Philliedelphia
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Happy New Year Marlon Byrd

Hours before 2015 officially becomes reality, Marlon Byrd was sent packing to Cincinnati.  The first time the Phillies traded Byrd (back in 2005), it netted the team Inning-Endy Chavez from the Nationals.  This time it brings Reds pitching prospect Ben Lively to Philadelphia. Amaro also sent $4M to Cincy to cover half of Byrd's salary. Lively has a live arm...see what I did...
Via We Should Be GM's
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds Acquire Marlon Byrd From Phillies

The Cincinnati Reds have acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for RHP prospect Ben Lively. Byrd, 37, hit 25 home runs and drove in 85 runs for the Phillies last year, and owned a slash line of .264/.312/.445 in 591 plate appearances. Byrd was involved in the 2013 August trade along with John Buck that netted the Mets Dilson Herrera and Vic Black...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Dom Brown back to RF? 'Certainly a possibility' - Amaro

The Phillies have now gotten this rebuilding process underway, dealing Rollins and Byrd for three young pitchers. Replenishing the weak farm system with young pitching with upside was Amaro's goal from the start and it seems like he is getting his way thus far. With the loss of Marlon Byrd...
Via Philliedelphia
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies trade OF Byrd to Reds for minor leaguer

CINCINNATI (AP) 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. 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...
Via AP on Fox
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

A Brief Note About Other Assorted Deals

Major league front offices apparently don’t like taking time off, so there were a bunch of transactions today while you were busy not being on the internet. The Phillies trade outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash to the Reds for pitcher Ben Lively The Reds continue their quest to be stuck in the middle, and I […]
Via Fangraphs
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds acquire Marlon Byrd for Ben Lively

You go out to lunch downtown and the whole world loses their minds and the Reds acquire Marlon Byrd for Ben Lively. I have written why Marlon Byrd is a bad choice for the Reds and how he is a very, very risky player. I don’t want to cover that again. Go read what I wrote about him two days ago. It’s not a pretty picture. The good news is that the Reds now have a left fielder...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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