An hour or so ago I posted about how the Mariners are scouting Marlon Byrd. After reading this story from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, however, maybe they should send scouts elsewhere:
Byrd has some control over where he could be traded, though not as much control as Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, who have full no-trade rights, and not as much as Papelbon, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, who all can block deals to more than half the teams in baseball. Note: Papelbon says his no-trade clause (he can block deals to 17 teams) will not get in the way of his moving to a contender.
Byrd’s contract allows him to block deals to four teams. He revealed to CSNPhilly.com that those teams are Seattle, Kansas City, Toronto and Tampa Bay.
Bats are hard to come by, of course, so I’m sure the Phillies can, if they want, find a trading partner who does not present such difficulty.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.