Giants interested in bringing Marlon Byrd back in 2016

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Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants are interested in bringing outfielder Marlon Byrd back next season. Byrd is in the last year of a two-year, $16 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in November 2013. However, he has an option for 2016 that automatically vests at $8 million with 37 more plate appearances. With 10 games left, Byrd — if he plays every game — would have to take about four plate appearances each game.

Byrd, 38, has performed much better at the plate with the Giants than he did with the Reds. His stats with both teams:

  • Reds: 388 PA, .237/.286/.448, 19 HR, 42 RBI
  • Giants: 125 PA, .291/.328/.479, 3 HR, 26 RBI

Byrd would likely be used as a fourth outfielder next season if he were to return to the Giants.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.