The Cincinnati Reds have acquired Marlon Bryd plus cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Accodring to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal right-hander Ben Lively is headed to Philadelphia as part of the trade. It is not yet known whether or not there are other players involved in the deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 31, 2014
The Phillies were expected to be shopping their high-priced veteran players at last season’s trade deadline but no deals got done as Phillies’ GM Ruban Amaro Jr. was asking for too much in return for these aging veterans.
Another problem was that many of the Phillies’ veterans had no-trade and partial no-trade clauses. There was significant interest in Byrd around the deadline from contending clubs like the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners but Byrd’s no-trade clause stopped those trades dead in their tracks.
The Phillies’ GM seems to have changed his tune for the hot stove season having already sent shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers and right-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Now he has sent Byrd to Cincinnati along with cash considerations, meaning that the Phillies will likely pick up a significant amount of what is remaining on Byrd’s contract. Byrd is set to earn $8 million in 2015 with an $8 million vesting option for the 2016 season.
Byrd, 37, began his career with the Phillies in 2002 and returned for the 2014 season. He had his best years between 2007-2011 with the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs averaging .291/.336/.445 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI each year.
After a dip in production in 2012, he bounced back in 2013 hitting .291 and a then-career high 24 home runs and a career high 88 RBI. In 2014 for the Phillies Byrd hit just .264 but set his a career high in home runs with 25.
The Reds’ have been looking for some right-handed power to add to their lineup this offseason and Bryd will now join Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce in the Reds’ outfield. However, Bruce has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason as well.
Lively, who will be headed to Philly was the Reds’ fourth round draft pick in 2013. He spent the 2014 season between Class-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola.
In 26 starts last season the 22-year-old went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA. He’s expected to be on the fast track to the Major Leagues and should be the type of young asset the Phillies need in rebuilding their veteran club into a team of hungry youngsters.
Neither club has confirmed the deal but an announcement is expected by the end of the day.