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.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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