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.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

Andrew McCutchen
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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.