Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are drawing a lot of interest for Marlon Byrd.
Byrd is 37 but he still socked 25 homers last year. In a world where a little bit of power is hard to find, that’s valuable. Especially at $8 million, which is what he’s owed next season. There is an $8 million vesting option for 2016, but if he hits the plate appearances that trigger the option — 463 — it probably means that he’s doing something right, rendering it less of a risk.
Byrd does have a limited no-trade clause. It has four teams — the Blue Jays, Royals, Rays and Mariners — but Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that he has made changes to it. So, I presume, almost any destination is possible.