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.