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Reds Get Byrd From Phillies

The Cincinnati Reds have acquired veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Philadelphia Phillies, for pitching prospect Ben Lively.  In addition to Byrd, the Reds will also get some money to offset the remaining amount on his contract.  The dollar total has yet to be reported.

Byrd, 37, is entering his 14th season in the major leagues, and will be joining his 8th team.  He seems to be enjoying more success as he closes in on the twilight of his career.  Byrd bounced back in a big way in 2013 with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates, which earned him a two-year deal with a third year option with the Phillies at the conclusion of 2013.  His batting average slipped a little in 2014 but the power numbers were almost identical to 2013.  Byrd is owed $8million this season and has an $8million option for 2016 that vests with 600 plate appearances according to baseballprospectus.com.  He has only reached that number or passed it twice in his career, including last season with 637.

The Phillies receive the Reds’ 8th ranked prospect Ben Lively in the deal.  Lively was Cincinnati’s 4th round pick in the 2013 MLB draft and worked his way up to Double-A Pensacola after overpowering opponents in Advanced Single-A.  According to Baseball America, Lively has four pitches with a deceptive delivery.  His fastball stays in the low 90’s and can reach 94.

John has recently graduated from the University at Albany with a B.A. in History and is currently finishing his Master's Degree there as well in secondary education. After being away from school for over two decades he decided to go back and work towards his dream of becoming a social studies teacher.

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