The deconstruction of the Phillies continues as they have now shipped Marlon Byrd to the Reds in exchange for minor league pitcher Ben Lively. The Phillies will pay part of Byrd’s $8 million salary to complete the deal, but no specifics were given. While Byrd struck out a lot last year, he was one of the few power bats in the lineup, hitting 25 homers and collecting 85 RBI. However, at 37 years of age, the Phillies figured getting younger in the outfield was a good move.
Lively, 22, went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA between class A and AA ball last season. He was also named the Reds’ minor league player of the year. So it does appear this was a good move for the Phillies, although the payoff is probably years away as Lively continues working in the minors.
This move also means we will have at least one more year of Domonic Brown to endure. In my opinion, the Phillies should have traded him years ago when he was actually worth something. The only thing he has proved over the last several seasons is that he is inconsistent at the plate and a defensive liability in the outfield. In fact, the Sporting News ranked him as the worst left fielder in all of baseball last year. Well, at least he came first in something 😉
The Phillies, however, may not be done moving pieces around. There are still many, many Cole Hamels rumors and certainly, a lot of room for improvement. Now, if only some team would get really desperate and take Ryan Howard off their hands. That is my New Year’s wish. I should probably make another, more likely wish, right?
Oh well! Happy New Year, everyone!