Philadelphia Phillies are front runners for Yasmany Tomas

The Philadelphia Phillies ended this season on a horrible note. From injuries to aging players, the franchise is currently on the downswing. With that being said, they could be adding a player that would help the franchise immediately. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, he reports that “people involved in the process now identify the Phillies as strong contenders...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Flipping the Marlon Byrd revisited

Yesterday I wrote about Marlon Byrd and the fact that he did something no other player has ever done before by striking out 150 times more than he walked. I did mention that Byrd did have a good offensive season. But my over-arching point was that he could have done better sans the strikeouts. That post was syndicated by It's About the Money, the other site I write for. And...
Via The Flagrant Fan
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Whiffing wonders - flipping a Marlon Byrd

Anyone who has read my stuff for a while understands that I am not fond of strikeouts. I have often jousted against the notion that an out is an out is an out. I respectfully disagree. Strikeouts give the batter no opportunity to have anything other than an out where a batted ball will give the batter a 30% chance to get on base. One of the few scenarios where a strikeout is better...
Via The Flagrant Fan
28 days ago  |  Discuss

MAG Surrenders Tenth-Inning HR, Phils Lose 8-6

The Phillies out-hit the A’s thirteen to nine but fell short in the column that counts: runs. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez allowed a tenth-inning Nate Freiman single before Josh Donaldson drove a 94 MPH fastball to center field, ending the game in favor of the Athletics, 8-6. Byrd Starts Hot Marlon Byrd doubled in the first inning, scoring Chase Utley. In the top of the third, Byrd...
Via Phillies Nation
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Three under the radar offseason targets for the Indians

My last column on the idea of the Indians acquiring Adrian Beltre generated a lot of talk. When I glanced among the comments I noticed a lot of people were hesitant to move a prospect the level of Clint Frazier. To get something you have to give up something, and to me Beltre is an ideal fit so parting with Frazier is worth it. The only downside with him is salary and age. But...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Look to Play Spoiler to the Marlin's Wild Card Hopes

#180340707 / Yesterday, the Phillies (67-79) finished a four game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates (77-69) taking the loss. In the series, the Phillies went one and three. In yesterday’s loss, the Phillies lost 4-1, only scoring a run the ninth inning when Carlos Ruiz drove in Marlon Byrd....
Via Philliedelphia
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

As the New York Yankees spiral out of the postseason race, how about we play some Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda where it concerns a few of their offseason moves?Move #1The most puzzling to me was the signing of Carlos Beltran. Yes, he had some nice seasons in St. Louis, but a three-year deal bringing him to his age-39 season seemed less than optimal at $45 million. Plus his signing cost...
Via The Baseball Stance & Beyond
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Striking Out More Than Ever

The Phillies offensive struggles this year don’t seem all that bad. They are near, but not at, the bottom in several categories. As a team, they are 8th in the NL in runs (548) and runs per game (3.94), 10th in average (.245), and 12th in OPS (.676). Their walk rate (7.4%) and strikeout rate (20.8%) are both 9th, and have an ISO (SLG minus AVG) of .125–11th in the NL. Those numbers...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Howard, Byrd lead Phillies to 7-2 win over Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Ryan Howard drove in three runs, Marlon Byrd homered and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 7-2 on Saturday night. Journeyman right-hander Jerome Williams pitched into the seventh inning to win his third straight decision since joining the last-place Phillies, who won for the seventh time in nine games. They batted around in the sixth, scoring five...
Via AP on Fox
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Flashback: Why 19 Is Greater Than 69

This is an article I wrote exactly 365 days ago, when the Mets initially traded John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later, which turned out to be Vic Black. As you can see, I was a huge fan of the trade at the time, but little did I know that one year later, Herrera would be the Mets’ top hitting prospect,...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Byrd On Pace For (Slightly) Historic Season

In this forgettable string of baseball games that we are calling the 2014 Phillies season, there is not a single thing we could look at and say “yeah, I’m going to remember this for years and years”. However, things aren’t all bad. The bullpen has been surprisingly strong, and a few hitters have been swinging the bat well–particularly the gentlemen that patrols right field...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Reliever Antonio Bastardo Says He "Should Be Somewhere Else"

Phillies were open for business this trade deadline, but failed to consumate any trades. While seemed to be a given that reliever Antonio Bastardo and outfielder Marlon Byrd would be the first to leave the team, both are still Phillies. While Byrd has publicly made comments that he wishes to...
Via Philliedelphia
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The Phillies Should Let Marlon Byrd Go To Claiming Team, No Matter What

The Phillies may have had some help in turning the page on Wednesday, when an unnamed team claimed outfielder Marlon Byrd on waivers. The Phillies have three real options: trade Byrd to the claiming team, give Byrd to the claiming team for no compensation, or pull Byrd back and keep...
Via Philliedelphia
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Hamels and Byrd Claimed By Mystery Team

The Philadelphia Phillies, who did not trade anybody at the MLB trade deadline, have another opportunity to rebuild for the future. On August 4th, the Phillies placed Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, and Carlos Ruiz on waivers. They would be on the waiver wire until today, Wednesday August 6th. If […]
Via On-Base Talk
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies' Cole Hamels And Marlon Byrd Are Claimed On Waivers; Jonathan Papelbon Clears

A couple items of note in regards to the Phillies players that have been placed on waivers. This is not something to overreact to, but shows the options (or lack thereof) the Phillies have in making some August deals. First, Cole Hamels has been claimed on waivers, according to Ken...
Via Philliedelphia
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Players that Could be Traded in August

The July 31st trade deadline has come and gone, and there was a flurry of activity. However, impact trades frequently occur after the waiver deadline. The mechanics of an August trade are a little more complicated, as players have to clear waivers, but don’t think general managers have put down the phones yet. Here are a few players that could be moved this month. Matt Kemp Marlon...
Via Baseball News Source
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Byrd’s Homer Lifts Phils Over Nats

With the game tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Marlon Byrd launched a solo home run–his 21st on the year–to right field, which ended up being the eventual game winner. Phillies starter Robert Hernandez tossed eight strong innings, allowing just one run (unearned), and five hits. Jonathan Papelbon saved his 26th game of the year. The win guarantees at least a split in this four game...
Via Phillies Nation
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Why The Phillies Failed At The Trade Deadline

Mo Money Mo Problems Yesterday, the 4 PM MLB trade deadline came and went without a single move by the Phillies. Marlon Byrd, the player thought to be the most likely to be dealt, didn’t go anywhere. A.J. Burnett wasn’t traded, and neither were Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, or Cole Hamels. Around the league, Jon Lester was traded along with Jonny Gomes to the Athletics for...
Via Phillies Nation
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee Still Starting; Marlon Byrd In Lineup As Deadline Passes

At the time of publication of this article, all members of the Phillies have not been traded. At 4:00 PM ET, the trade deadline passed and no trades were by the Phillies. The Phillies are staying put after it was heavily insisted and rumored that they were going to enter...
Via Philliedelphia
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies "Out Of Places To Trade" Marlon Byrd

Marlon Byrd may be the most talked about Phillies player at this trade deadline, and it appears he may have to stay put. In today's lineup in Washington D.C., Byrd's potential suitors appear to be falling apart. ESPN's Jayson Stark reports the Phillies may be stuck. Now hearing #Yankees are...
Via Philliedelphia
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Rumors: Asking price on Marlon Byrd "extremely high"

The Phillies want an arm and a leg for one of the better power hitting corner outfielders ahead of today's trade deadline.#451162904 / gettyimages.comCBS Sports' Jon Heyman notes that the asking price on Marlon Byrd is "extremely high, with interested teams saying the Phillies would have to lower it to move him."Byrd is hitting .270/.318/.477 with 20 home runs...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Rumors: New York discussing Marlon Byrd with Phillies

Coming into the trade deadline, the New York Yankees are 55-52, but are third in the mediocre American League East division. They are only three games out of the second Wild Card. However, they feel that the team is not complete to make a postseason run. This is why the team might need to make a couple of moves at the trade deadline.The Yankees are in discussions with the Philadelphia...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: New York Yankees have talked about Marlon Byrd

According to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, he is hearing that the New York Yankees have talked to the Philadelphia Phillies about outfielder Marlon Byrd but there is nothing imminent at the moment. If you remember last week, Byrd’s name was being brought up in trade rumors with the Seattle Mariners but those talks seem to be dead in the water right about now. The Yankees...
Via Total Sports Live
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Yankees have talked with Phillies about Marlon Byrd

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the New York Yankees have inquired about possibly trading for Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd. The Yankees are one of the teams that does not appear on Byrd’s no-trade clause. Heyman also notes that although they are talking, no deal is in place or close. The Yankees have […]
Via On-Base Talk
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Have Some Interest In Marlon Byrd

One of the Phillies' most tradeable commodities is outfielder Marlon Byrd. Unless one of his no-trade clause teams try to acquire Byrd, the team who signs Byrd is only on the hook for $8 million, a small number compared to the production that Byrd is putting forth. Jon Heyman of...
Via Philliedelphia
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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