Phillies tried to slip Ryan Howard into a Marlon Byrd trade with the Orioles

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It was no secret that the Phillies were trying to move outfielder Marlon Byrd when front office personnel and the media descended upon San Diego earlier this week. The Phillies also tried, to no avail, to move first baseman Ryan Howard. MASN’s Roch Kubatko notes that when the Phillies discussed a potential Byrd trade with the Orioles, they tried to attach Howard in the deal as well.

Howard, 35, ranked among the game’s least valuable players in 2014 and is still owed $60 million through 2016. The Phillies would no doubt need to pick up a healthy portion of his remaining salary in order to entice another team to acquire the former MVP.

Byrd, 37, is under contract for just the 2015 season at $8 million, but his 2016 option can become guaranteed at the same price if he accrues 550 plate appearances next season. Other options for the Orioles include Delmon Young, Michael Morse, and Melky Cabrera.

In Memoriam: Remembering those the baseball community has lost in the past year

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A few years ago Paul Sullivan of Sully Baseball noticed that Major League Baseball doesn’t have an Oscars-style In Memoriam segment at any point in the year to remember the people that the game has lost. He rectified that by producing one. Today, for the seventh straight year, he has released his In Memoriam video.

Normally it comes out at the All-Star break, as Sullivan’s thought — a good one — was that the league should make it part of the All-Star game festivities. A celebration of baseball lives to go along with everything else baseball celebrates during the Midsummer Classic.

We have no Midsummer Classic this year, but we do have this lovely, heartfelt tribute to those we lost. Great job once again, Sully.