Report: Reds to acquire Byrd
It appears the Reds have acquired the corner outfielder they’ve been looking for while the Phillies continue rebuilding, as Philadelphia is reportedly trading Marlon Byrd to Cincinnati.
FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal on Wednesday afternoon. According to the report, right-hander Ben Lively is one of the players being dealt to Philadelphia, which also will pick up a “significant” portion of the salary owed to Byrd. Neither team has commented on or confirmed the report.
Byrd, 37, is set to make $8 million next season with an $8 million vesting option for 2016. Over the past two years, he’s hit .277/.323/.476 with 49 home runs and 173 RBIs in 301 games for the Mets, Pirates and Phillies. Byrd figures to round out the Reds outfield alongside Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce.
As a veteran right-handed hitter with power, Byrd was one of several Phillies expected to be traded this offseason as the club begins a rebuilding process. Philadelphia already dealt longtime shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers.
Lively is ranked by MLB.com as the Reds’ No. 8 prospect. The 22-year-old split last season between Class A Advanced Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola, putting together a combined 13-7 record and 3.04 ERA with 171 strikeouts in 151 innings over 26 starts. He was drafted out of the University of Central Florida in the fourth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.