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.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.