Marlon Byrd signs two-year deal with Phillies


ORLANDO, Fla. — Free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd has signed a two-year deal worth $16 million with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 36-year old outfielder spent last season split between the New York Mets, and Pittsburgh Pirates, and played a helping hand in the Pirates reaching the playoffs, for the first time in 21 years. With a batting average of .291, 88 RBIs, and a career high 24 homeruns, Byrd also drove in five runs during the postseason.

Byrd now mixes into an outfield group with Ben Revere, Domonic Brown, and Darin Ruf, but brings a much needed, right handed power bat to the Phillies lineup.

According to ESPN and other sources, the Phillies will now turn their attention to free agent catcher AJ Pierzynski, with the realization that catcher Carlos Ruiz will not return. Ruiz is reportedly being pursued by the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox.

In his 12-year career, Byrd is a .280 hitter in 1,250 games that he’s spent with the Phillies, Pirates, Mets, Red Sox, Cubs, Nationals, and Texas Rangers.

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