Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd suffered a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a pitch Tuesday night. There’s no official word on how long he’ll be out, but it will be a while.
Byrd had an eight-homer May after hitting just .169 in April and the injury will likely make it impossible for him to reach the 550 plate appearances necessary to trigger next season’s $8 million vesting option. Byrd is being paid $8 million this season, $4 million of which the Phillies are covering as part of their trade agreement with the Reds.
Byrd is 37 years old and there wasn’t much trade interest in him until the Phillies offered to cover a big chunk of his salary, so losing out on the $8 million option for 2016 could cost him millions. In the long term the Reds would probably be relieved to be off the hook for that money, but in the short term it means giving more playing time for Brennan Boesch and Skip Schumaker.
The Marlins have announced that they have inked manager Don Mattingly to a two-year contract extensions. There’s a third year in the form of a mutual option.
Mattingly is finishing up the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2016 season. He’s 272-364 in that period and the club has lost 99 games already this season. The current bad run, however, obviously corresponds with a massive rebuild the team began undertaking following the 2017 season and the team’s change in ownership. Mattingly has not had much to work with over the past two seasons but he has likewise, largely, kept the team on as even a keel as one could hope under the circumstances. He has certainly impressed the Marlins’ brass enough to take the unusual step of keeping on a manager they inherited from a previous ownership and front office group.
In other news, the Marlins also announced a two-year contract extension for shortstop Miguel Rojas valued at $10.25 million. There’s a vesting option for a third year. The deal buys out Rojas’ final year of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, plus that option.
Rojas, 30, is hitting .285/.335/.383 (OPS+ 92) this year.