The Phillies and Orioles met to discuss Marlon Byrd

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles met with the Phillies today to discuss a trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd.

Byrd makes some degree of sense in Baltimore, what with the loss of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis. And he’s not terribly expensive — $8 million for 2015 with another $8 million vesting option for 2016. Of course Byrd is 37, but he did hit 264/.312/.445 with 25 home runs this past.

The key, obviously, is what if anything the Phillies would get in return. Moments ago Ryne Sandberg told the assembled press here at the Winter Meetings that he hoped they’d get players who could help the Phillies win next year back in the trades the team eventually makes.

Which, well, good luck with that.