current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#3 RF | 6'0", 245 lbs. | Philadelphia
Birth Date:August 30, 1977 (37 years old) Place of Birth:Boynton Beach, FL Hometown:Boynton Beach, FL
Drafted:Drafted by Philadelphia in 1999 (10th round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
Drafted:Drafted by Philadelphia in 1999 (10th round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
|Assets:||Is a solid hitter and run producer with power and base-running ability. Works hard to improve his game. Can play all three outfield positions.|
|Flaws:||Strikeouts can be a problem and he doesn't walk a lot. Can make his share of mistakes as a fielder. Can run a little too hot and cold at times.|
|Career Potential:||Veteran run-producing outfielder.|
Career Honors & Awards
|Named to the All-Star Game||2010|
|International League (AAA)||All-Star Team||2002|
|Minor League Baseball||First All-Star Team||2001|
|Eastern League (AA)||Most Valuable Player||2001|
|Eastern League (AA)||Rookie of the Year||2001|
|Eastern League (AA)||All-Star Team||2001|
|Double-A||Player of the Year||2001|
|South Atlantic League (A)||All-Star Team||2000|
|New York-Penn League (A)||All-Star Team||1999|
|Class A-||All-Star Team||2000|
Movements & Injuries
|7/30/2014||Missed 1 game (foot injury).|
|7/29/2014||Foot injury, day-to-day.|
|11/12/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies to a two-year contract.|
|10/31/2013||Filed for free agency.|
|8/28/2013||Added to the Pittsburgh Pirates 25-man roster.|
|8/27/2013||Acquired from the New York Mets.|
|3/29/2013||Contract purchased from Las Vegas (AAA).|
|2/01/2013||Signed by the New York Mets to a minor league contract.|
|6/25/2012||Suspended by MLB for 50 games.|
|6/12/2012||Released by the Boston Red Sox.|
|6/08/2012||Designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox.|
|4/21/2012||Acquired from the Chicago Cubs.|
|7/02/2011||Missed 39 games (facial injury).|
|5/22/2011||Facial injury, 15-day DL.|
|9/27/2010||Missed 2 games (facial injury).|
|9/25/2010||Facial injury, day-to-day.|
|9/03/2010||Missed 1 game (leg injury).|
|9/01/2010||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|8/25/2010||Missed 1 game (right hand injury).|
|8/24/2010||Right hand injury, day-to-day.|
|12/31/2009||Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Cubs to a three-year contract.|
|11/05/2009||Filed for free agency.|
|10/02/2009||Missed 2 games (hip injury).|
|10/01/2009||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|8/29/2009||Missed 3 games (kidney stones).|
|8/26/2009||Kidney stones, day-to-day.|
|1/30/2009||Re-signed by the Texas Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|9/07/2008||Missed 1 game (thumb injury).|
|9/06/2008||Thumb injury, day-to-day (retroactive to September 6th, 2008).|
|5/14/2008||Missed 26 games (knee injury).|
|4/17/2008||Knee injury, 15-day DL.|
|1/16/2008||Signed by the Texas Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|5/26/2007||Contract purchased from Oklahoma (AAA).|
|3/31/2007||Designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers.|
|12/08/2006||Signed as a free agent by the Texas Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|7/14/2006||Designated for assignment by the Washington Nationals.|
|2/24/2006||Re-signed by the Washington Nationals to a one-year contract.|
|1/11/2006||Re-signed by the Washington Nationals to a one-year contract.|
|8/25/2005||Recalled from New Orleans (AAA).|
|7/31/2005||Optioned to New Orleans (AAA).|
|5/14/2005||Acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies.|
|5/03/2005||Missed 7 games (right finger injury).|
|4/08/2005||Recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|4/08/2005||Right finger injury, 15-day DL.|
|3/31/2005||Optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|7/31/2004||Recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|6/20/2004||Optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|2/18/2004||Re-signed by the Philadelphia Phillies to a one-year contract.|
|4/30/2003||Missed 15 games (left knee injury).|
|4/13/2003||Left knee injury, 15-day DL.|
|9/06/2002||Recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|11/20/2001||Added to the Philadelphia Phillies 40-man roster.|
|11/12/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies.|
|8/27/2013||New York Mets traded Marlon Byrd , John Buck and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Dilson Herrera and a player to be named (Vic Black - August 28 2013).|
|2/01/2013||Signed by the New York Mets to a minor league contract.|
|4/21/2012||Chicago Cubs traded Marlon Byrd and cash considerations to the Boston Red Sox for Michael Bowden and a player to be named (Hunter Cervenka).|
|12/31/2009||Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Cubs.|
|12/08/2006||Signed as a free agent by the Texas Rangers.|
|5/14/2005||Washington Nationals traded Endy Chavez to the Philadelphia Phillies for Marlon Byrd.|
|6/02/1999||Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 10th round (306th overall) in 1999.|
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .435 hitter (10-for-23) with three homers against Braves right-hander Aaron Harang. | 09/27/2014 10:33 AM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .435 hitter (10-for-23) with three homers against Braves right-hander Aaron Harang.
ImpactByrd is on a modest six-game winning streak. He has a career-high 25 homers, and still has an outside chance to eclipse his career-mark of 89 RBI, set with Texas in 2009.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd knocks in 84th RBI of the year. | 09/24/2014 10:15 PM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd knocks in 84th RBI of the year.
ImpactIn a year that many Phillies have disappointed, Byrd has been a pleasant surprise. He has a career-high 25 homers, and will have an outside chance to eclipse his career-mark of 89 RBI, he had with Texas in 2009.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .091 hitter (1-for-11) against Oakland starter Jon Lester. | 09/19/2014 2:30 PM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .091 hitter (1-for-11) against Oakland starter Jon Lester.
ImpactHe is hitting .263 with 25 home runs and 79 RBI, but has just three home runs since Aug. 9. He is one of the few Phillies playing up to expectations this year, but this in an unfavorable matchup.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .538 hitter (7-for-13) against Miami starter Henderson Alvarez. | 09/12/2014 12:30 PM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .538 hitter (7-for-13) against Miami starter Henderson Alvarez.
ImpactHe is hitting .265 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI this season and is one of the few Phillies playing up to expectations this year. He's worth a shot even though only one of the seven hits was for extra bases.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is not in Wednesday's starting lineup. | 09/10/2014 2:50 PM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
ImpactMerely a regular off day for the Phillies right fielder. He is hitting .265 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI this season. Grady Sizemore will make the start in right, but with his .248 batting average and .691 OPS doesn't have much fantasy value.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 on Sunday in a loss against the Nationals. | 09/07/2014 6:47 PM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 on Sunday in a loss against the Nationals.
ImpactByrd came into the game hitting .167 in his career against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, but got the better of the matchup on Sunday. He also came into the game hitless in his last 15 at-bats, but Byrd snapped that streak. He is hitting .265 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI this season.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .167 hitter against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez. | 09/07/2014 10:22 AM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .167 hitter against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
ImpactByrd has been the most consistent hitter on the Phillies roster, batting .233 with 25 HR and 78 RBI.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .400 hitter with a 1.104 OPS versus Mets starter Jonathan Niese. | 08/11/2014 9:40 AM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .400 hitter with a 1.104 OPS versus Mets starter Jonathan Niese.
ImpactByrd has been the most consistent hitter on the Phillies roster, batting .273 with 22 HR and 66 RBI. He's 4-for-9 in the first three games of the series with the Mets.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd socked his 22nd homer of the year Friday against the Mets. | 08/08/2014 10:06 PM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd socked his 22nd homer of the year Friday against the Mets.
ImpactByrd had three hits on the night and is hitting .274 with 65 RBI, 60 runs and an .803 OPS. His 22 homers rank third in the NL.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is 3-for-17 (.176) against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann. | 08/02/2014 10:57 AM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is 3-for-17 (.176) against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
ImpactByrd (.271, 21 HR, 63 RBI) is the best hitter in the Phillies lineup, but this matchup should be avoided.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday at Washington. | 08/01/2014 9:46 PM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday at Washington.
ImpactByrd (.271, 21 HR, 63 RBI) was on the trade block before Thursday's deadline, but Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. failed to get a deal done. It would have been good for Byrd's fantasy value if he landed in a better lineup. The veteran has a pitiful 130/26 K/BB in 455 plate appearances (28.6 K%, 5.7 BB%), so fantasy owners should prepare for an extended slump at some point during the final two months.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is in the lineup Thursday, according to beat writer Ryan Lawrence. | 07/31/2014 3:28 PM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is in the lineup Thursday, according to beat writer Ryan Lawrence.
ImpactThe Phillies can always scratch Byrd if he's traded before 4 p.m., but this could be a sign that he's not going anywhere.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game with the Mets. | 07/29/2014 4:17 PM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game with the Mets.
ImpactConsidering he's one of the few Phillies actually hitting the ball we're surprised, but it appears to be a routine day of rest. Byrd is batting .273 with 20 HR and 60 RBI.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd had four singles Monday night against the Mets. | 07/28/2014 10:13 PM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd had four singles Monday night against the Mets.
ImpactIn his last 10 games, Byrd has gone 17-for-47 (.362) with two doubles and two home runs. He may be moved to a contender before the deadline.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is just 2-for-13 (.154) against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. | 07/21/2014 10:56 AM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is just 2-for-13 (.154) against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
ImpactByrd (19 HR, 55 RBI) has proved that last season power numbers weren't a fluke. Several teams, including the Mariners, Royals and Reds, are reportedly interested in trading for the 36-year-old.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 19th of the year, Sunday against the Braves. | 07/20/2014 7:33 PM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 19th of the year, Sunday against the Braves.
ImpactByrd has proved that last season wasn't a fluke. Several teams, including the Mariners, Royals and Reds, are reportedly interested in trading for the 36-year-old.
Byrd blasts 19th homer as PHI falls to ATL | 07/20/2014 6:54 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went deep for the 19th time this season, but the Phillies came out on the losing end against the Braves on Sunday, falling 8-2.
ImpactByrd is essentially auditioning for contending teams at this point, with the Phillies out of the playoff picture. He took David Carpenter deep for a solo home run in the ninth inning to make it 8-2. Byrd finished 2-for-4 on the afternoon and is now slashing .266/.318/.484 with 55 RBI. Recent reports have linked Byrd to the Royals, Reds, and Mariners.
Royals interested in Marlon Byrd | 07/20/2014 1:44 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are interested in Marlon Byrd.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactHowever, Morosi notes that Kansas City might not be sellers at the trade deadline anymore given that they're sitting at 48-48. Byrd is also drawing interest from the Mariners and Reds.
Reds interested in Phillies' Byrd, Bastardo | 07/20/2014 1:17 PM
NewsJim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Reds are interested in Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo.
ImpactSalisbury notes that the Reds have scouted the Phillies recently. Byrd is also drawing interest from the Mariners, though those talks have reportedly stalled and Seattle is also on Byrd's limited no-trade list. Cincinnati is not on the list. Bastardo would give the Reds a second lefty to pair with Manny Parra with Sean Marshall (shoulder) out for the season.
Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is 9-for-20 (.450) with three long balls versus Braves starter Aaron Harang. | 07/19/2014 10:46 AM
NewsPhillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is 9-for-20 (.450) with three long balls versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
ImpactWith Chase Utley in a slump, Byrd is the only Phillies hitter doing anything (.261, 18 HR, 52 RBI). He might bring value in a traded deadline deal, but in the meantime he should be a nice play Saturday night.
Mariners talks for Marlon Byrd have 'stalled' | 07/17/2014 3:08 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners' trade talks for Marlon Byrd have "stalled."
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactThe M's are now said to be in discussions with the Rays for David Price and/or Ben Zobrist. Byrd has hit .263/.315/.479 with 18 home runs and 54 RBI in 94 games this season for the Phillies, who could be one of the biggest sellers at the July 31 trade deadline. Byrd signed a two-year, $16 million contract over the winter.
M's showing serious interest in Marlon Byrd | 07/13/2014 8:38 PM
NewsRyan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have had serious discussions with the Phillies about acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Ryan Divish on Twitter
ImpactThere were reports earlier in the week that the Mariners had scouted the 36-year-old slugger. He's in the first year of a two-year, $16 million contract and has already indicated that he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause. The Mariners are in desperate need for a right-handed power bat, and Byrd seems like a very logical fit.
Mariners scouting Phillies' Marlon Byrd | 07/11/2014 11:26 AM
NewsESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners recently scouted Marlon Byrd.
Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
ImpactThe M's are in the market for a right-handed power bat, and Byrd certainly fits the profile. The 36-year-old has slugged 18 homers and driven in 52 runs this season while sporting a .261/.313/.481 batting line. He's in the first year of a two-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies.
Byrd homers, drives in two in loss to Pirates | 07/06/2014 5:22 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's loss to the Pirates.
ImpactByrd had an RBI single in the first inning before blasting his 18th home run of the season, a solo shot, in the seventh. Byrd's 18 home runs are second-most in the National League. He's been especially homer-happy of late, with five in his last seven games. The outfielder, who has enjoyed a career resurgence the past two seasons, is batting .266/.317/.497.
Byrd homers again, but Phils fall in extras | 07/01/2014 11:22 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.
ImpactByrd homered twice in Sunday's series finale against the Braves, and he made it three home runs in two games with his eighth-inning blast to the home run sculpture in center field at Marlins Park. Byrd continues to display his newfound power, which could make him an attractive trade option over the next month. He's slashing .271/.324/.497 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI.
Byrd's 2 homers not enough, ATL sweeps PHI | 06/29/2014 5:01 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Sunday's loss to the Braves.
ImpactByrd was the only source of offense for the Phillies, as his second- and fourth-inning home runs off Braves starter Aaron Harang were the only runs his club scored on the afternoon despite banging out 13 hits and walking twice. With the Phillies now 10 games under .500, Byrd may be wearing a new uniform by the end of July. He's slashing .268/.319/.487 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI.
Byrd logs three hits, scores a run in loss | 06/25/2014 10:06 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.
ImpactAll three hits were singles. The Phillies were only able to bring him around to score once, in the sixth inning. Byrd, who homered against the Marlins on Tuesday, continues to find success at the dish, slashing .266/.316/.478 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI.
Byrd launches 13th homer as Phils top Marlins | 06/24/2014 11:24 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's in over the Marlins.
ImpactByrd's first-inning homer off of rookie Andrew Heaney, a no-doubter to left-center, capped off a three-run inning for the Phillies. The 36-year-old outfielder is having a productive season at the plate, slashing .260/.311/.474 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI.
Byrd homers in win against Cardinals | 06/21/2014 12:58 AM
NewsMarlon Byrd hit his 12th home run on Friday, a solo shot off Jaime Garcia.
ImpactIt was Byrd's second homer in the last three games. Byrd's season has been a flight of fancy thus far. The right fielder has hit twelve homers and knocked in 43, more than respectable numbers for the veteran. On the season, he has a slash line of .268/.321/.482.
Marlon Byrd goes deep as Phillies win | 06/18/2014 4:07 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Braves.
ImpactThe Phillies exploded for 10 runs on 18 hits as they completed a three-game sweep of their division rivals. Byrd's surprising power from last season has carried over, as he's gone deep 11 times while driving in 42 runs. That puts him on pace for a 25-homer, 97-RBI season.
Byrd homers, knocks in four runs vs. SD | 06/10/2014 9:55 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and a sacrifice fly in Tuesday's win over the Padres.
ImpactByrd broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with a three-run opposite-field home run off of Ian Kennedy. The blast was his 10th of the season and he now has a .264/.318/.477 slash line with 38 RBI. The numbers aren't quite where they were last year but he has been a massive upgrade for the Phillies in right field.
Marlon Byrd not in Phillies' lineup Thursday | 06/05/2014 12:30 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd is not in the Phillies' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Nationals.
Jim Salisbury on Twitter
ImpactIt's a routine day of rest for the veteran outfielder. Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is also sitting.
Byrd provides Phillies' only offense vs. Mets | 05/29/2014 10:14 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Mets.
ImpactThe Phillies found it difficult to muster much against Mets starter Zack Wheeler, but Byrd's seventh-inning solo blast knocked the right-hander out of the game after 6 1/3 innings. Byrd continues to swing the bat well, as he now has seven homers, 31 RBI, and a .284/.332/.485 slash line.
Marlon Byrd hits two-run homer | 05/22/2014 3:58 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd hit a game-tying two-run homer off Mike Dunn in the eighth inning Thursday against the Marlins.
ImpactByrd has two homers, two doubles and six RBI during his current five-game hitting streak. There's a long way to go, but so far, his controversial two-year, $16 million deal is looking like a big win for Ruben Amaro.
Byrd's homer one of Phillies' four on Sunday | 05/18/2014 4:50 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Reds.
ImpactByrd went to the opposite field in the sixth inning off of Tony Cingrani for his fifth homer of the season. Dating back to April 24, Byrd has logged 12 multi-hit games out of 20 and is now slashing .296/.337/.491 in 169 plate appearances. For the first time since Jayson Werth left, the Phillies are getting solid production out of right field.
Byrd delivers game-winning RBI double in 11th | 05/10/2014 12:08 AM
NewsMarlon Byrd came through with an RBI double off Carlos Torres in the 11th inning on Friday, leading the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Mets.
ImpactIt was Byrd's lone hit in four at-bats on the night, and he also drew a pair of walks. He's doing his best to prove that his resurgent 2013 campaign was no fluke, hitting .315/.355/.515 with 23 RBI through his first 34 games with the Phillies.
Byrd could play some center field | 05/08/2014 4:13 PM
NewsPhillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Thursday that Marlon Byrd is a candidate to play center field.
Ryan Lawrence on Twitter
ImpactThe Phillies obviously aren't thrilled with what they are getting out of Ben Revere so far this season, though Sandberg noted that he has seen some improvement recently. If Byrd was to get a shot in center, the Phillies could eventually potentially play Darin Ruf (oblique) in a corner outfield spot. It's not an ideal defensive alignment, but they are clearly focused on generating offense.
Byrd has two of Phillies' 3 hits in loss | 05/07/2014 9:43 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-3 in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays.
ImpactByrd appeared to be the only one who could figure Jays starter Mark Buehrle out, getting two of the club's three hits against the lefty, including a double. Byrd has had two or more hits in five out of his last six games, and has hit safely in 10 out of his last 11 games. As a result, he's up to a comfortable .311/.344/.508 slash line.
Byrd doubles twice in Phillies' loss to TOR | 05/06/2014 10:28 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with two doubles in Tuesday's 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays.
ImpactThe Phillies failed to bring in Byrd both times he was standing at second base. Byrd has quietly been a solid offensive performer, quieting skeptics who felt that his breakout season in 2013 as a 35-year-old was a mirage. Tuesday's outing boosted his slash line to .303/.336/.496 and he has four home runs and 22 RBI to go along with it.
Byrd reaches three times in loss to Blue Jays | 05/05/2014 10:27 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk in Monday's loss to the Blue Jays.
ImpactThe veteran outfielder is off to a nice start with his new club, hitting .296/.331/.478 with four homers and 22 RBI. Fantasy owners who gambled late in drafts that his 2013 campaign was no fluke have to be pleased with the early returns.
Byrd smacks three-run homer in loss | 05/02/2014 10:29 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in Friday's loss to the Nationals.
ImpactSome scratched their heads when the Phillies gave Byrd a two-year, $16 million deal during the offseason, but he's been plenty productive so far. The 36-year-old has four homers and six doubles and ranks seventh in the National League with 20 RBI.
Marlon Byrd homers, knocks in two | 04/10/2014 10:08 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI against the Brewers on Thursday.
ImpactByrd drove in both Phillies runs with his second-inning homer and sixth-inning single. It was his second homer in nine games this year.
Byrd logs two more hits against Rangers | 04/01/2014 11:26 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd had another two-hit day, going 2-for-3 with a walk against the Rangers on Tuesday.
ImpactByrd's reunion with the Phillies has started off well. He has reached base in half of his ten plate appearances, and he even flashed some leather in right field on Tuesday, doubling off Mitch Moreland at first base after catching a Donnie Murphy line drive. Many are expecting Byrd's offense to drop off after breaking out with a career-high 34 homers last season at the age of 35, but he'll undoubtedly be a huge upgrade in right field for the Phillies.
Marlon Byrd takes R.A. Dickey deep | 03/04/2014 9:29 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd singled and launched a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.
ImpactByrd deposited a hanging knuckleball over the right-field wall for an opposite-field shot in the third inning. The veteran outfielder's production will surely drop off after a surprising 2013 campaign, but he still could be worthy of rostering at the tail-end of your draft.
GM says Byrd could see time in center field | 01/28/2014 11:59 AM
NewsPhillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Marlon Byrd could play some center field this season.
Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
ImpactJohn Mayberry Jr. is the only backup capable of handling center field on the projected big league roster, which is why Philadelphia will be motivated to give Byrd some reps at the position in spring training. If Ben Revere misses significant time next season, the Phillies are going to be forced to scramble to cover themselves. Byrd was pilfered from the Pirates on a two-year, $16 million contract in November. He slashed .291/.336/.511 with 24 home runs and 88 RBI in 147 games between the Mets and Pirates in 2013.
Marlon Byrd officially signs on with Phillies | 11/12/2013 8:46 PM
NewsPhillies signed OF Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 million contract.
ImpactThe deal also includes a club/vesting option for 2016. Byrd played the 2013 campaign for $700,000, but he earned a massive raise after batting .291/.336/.511 with 24 home runs and 88 RBI in 147 games between the Mets and Pirates. He'll surely be unable to repeat that performance in 2014, but the Phils are betting that the regression won't be steep.
Byrd's two-year deal with Phils worth $16M | 11/12/2013 11:47 AM
NewsAdam Rubin of ESPN New York hears from a source that Marlon Byrd's two-year contract with the Phillies is worth $16 million.
Adam Rubin on Twitter
ImpactNot bad for a guy who had to settle for a minor league deal last offseason. The Phillies are hoping that Byrd can provide some right-handed thump in their lineup, but the contract won't be crippling if he's unable to replicate his production from 2013.
Phillies finalizing two-year deal with Byrd | 11/12/2013 11:08 AM
NewsKen Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Phillies are finalizing a two-year deal with Marlon Byrd.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactThis confirms a report from 94WIP in Philadelphia. No word yet on the terms of the agreement. Byrd was originally drafted by the Phillies in 1999 and played with the team from 2002-2005.
Mets have 'touched base' with Marlon Byrd | 11/11/2013 3:38 PM
NewsMarc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have "touched base with Marlon Byrd's people."
Marc Carig on Twitter
ImpactByrd hit .291/.336/.511 with 24 home runs and 88 RBI in 147 games this year between the Mets and Pirates. He turns 37 next season but should be able to find a multi-year contract on the open market this winter.
Pirates will 'push hard' to re-sign OF Byrd | 10/31/2013 11:40 PM
NewsMLB.com's Tom Singer writes that Pirates general manager Neal Huntington will "push hard" for a new deal with Marlon Byrd during the club's five-day exclusivity window.
ImpactThe Bucs want to re-sign Byrd. However, Singer notes that outfield prospect Gregory Polanco is due to take over right field at some point in 2014, so Byrd might have a better opportunity elsewhere. Byrd batted .291/.336/.511 with 24 homers and 88 RBI for the Mets and Pirates this season.
Marlon Byrd homers in first postseason game | 10/01/2013 11:32 PM
NewsPlaying in his first ever postseason game, Marlon Byrd ripped a solo homer and added a sac fly in Tuesday's win over the Reds.
ImpactByrd drilled a hanging changeup from Johnny Cueto in the second inning to get the scoring going. The 36-year-old outfielder has proved to be a nice pickup for the Pirates, as he batted .318/.357/.486 for them down the stretch and then came up big in the win-or-go-home Wild Card contest.
Byrd has two hits, scores twice against Cubs | 09/25/2013 12:31 AM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with two runs scored against the Cubs on Tuesday.
ImpactByrd had two of the Cubs' 12 hits, and he scored on Pedro Alvarez doubles in the second and fifth innings. The outfielder has just two home runs since being acquired by the Pirates on August 27, but his 84 RBI this season are still good for 10th in the National League. Byrd has a .285/.330/.501 line in what has been a renaissance year for the 36-year-old.
Marlon Byrd socks game winning homer vs. Cubs | 09/14/2013 10:06 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 1-for-3 with a solo home run on Saturday, powering the Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Cubs.
ImpactThe Pirates trailed 1-0 for most of the game, until a Jose Tabata solo homer in the sixth inning knotted the score at 1-1. Marlon Byrd then delivered the requisite support for starter Gerrit Cole with a towering drive to right off James Russell in the seventh. Since joining the Pirates on August 28, Byrd is hitting .323 (20-for-62) with two homers and 10 RBI in 17 games.
Byrd collects three more hits against Brewers | 09/05/2013 12:19 AM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 3-for-5 with an RBI against the Brewers on Wednesday.
ImpactByrd was having a marvelous season before being dealt to Pittsburgh, and since the trade he's done nothing but hit. The three-hit game makes him 12-for-31 (.387) with a home run, four runs scored and eight RBI in eight games with the Pirates. Nothing Byrd does this season would surprise us anymore.
Byrd goes 2-for-3 with a BB, 2B, RBI and run | 09/01/2013 5:42 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, RBI and run scored in the Pirates' 7-2 loss against the Cardinals on Sunday.
ImpactHe's currently riding a six-game hitting streak. Byrd, who was acquired from the Mets on Tuesday, is 7-for-19 (.368) with three doubles, a homer, five RBI and four runs scored in five games with the Pirates. He's slashing .288/.333/.525 over 122 games.
Byrd homers in PIT debut, Pirates top Brewers | 08/29/2013 12:19 AM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Pirates' 7-1 win over the Brewers on Wednesday.
ImpactStarting and batting cleanup behind Andrew McCutchen, Byrd picked up in Pittsburgh where he left off in New York. The homer was Byrd's only hit in four at-bats but drove in three, giving the outfielder 22 homers and 74 RBI for the year.
Marlon Byrd batting cleanup in Pirates' debut | 08/28/2013 3:41 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd will bat cleanup in his Pirates' debut Wednesday against the Brewers.
Tom Singer on Twitter
ImpactByrd, who was acquired from the Mets on Tuesday, is batting .285/.330/.518 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 117 games this season and should provide a nice boost in right field for the second-place Pirates. Jose Tabata figures to be the primarily fill-in option while left fielder Starling Marte (hand) is sidelined.
Pirates acquire Marlon Byrd and John Buck | 08/27/2013 2:28 PM
NewsPirates acquired OF Marlon Byrd, C John Buck and cash considerations from the Mets for INF Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later.
Anthony DiComo on Twitter
ImpactAnthony DiComo of MLB.com was first to report the full details of the trade. Byrd is a solid fit for Pittsburgh, as he'll provide some thump out of right field. The 35-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent campaign in 2013, batting .285/.330/.518 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 117 games. He'll be a free agent after the season. The trade is bad news for Jose Tabata, though he figures to play left field until Starling Marte (finger) makes it back from the disabled list.
Report: Mets trade Byrd and Buck to Pirates | 08/27/2013 2:02 PM
NewsAdam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have traded Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates.
Adam Rubin on Twitter
ImpactBoth players are fine fits for Pittsburgh, as Byrd provides some much-needed outfield help while Buck will back up Russell Martin now that Michael McKenry (knee) is out for the rest of the season. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears that the Mets will receive a minor leaguer and a player to be named later in return.
Report: Byrd claimed by National League team | 08/27/2013 10:31 AM
NewsSources have suggested to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that Marlon Byrd was claimed off waivers by a National League team.
ImpactNo word on who the claiming team might be and it's possible that he was claimed with the intent to block him from going to another team. However, the Pirates would make plenty of sense as a potential fit. Byrd has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence this season, batting .285/.330/.518 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI.
Report: Marlon Byrd claimed off waivers | 08/27/2013 10:01 AM
NewsAdam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that Marlon Byrd was claimed off revocable waivers.
Adam Rubin on Twitter
ImpactThe Mets now have 48 hours to work out a trade with the claiming team. It was previously believed that the Mets preferred to keep Byrd for the rest of the season, but Rubin reported early Tuesday morning that the team is preparing for the possibility of multiple trades within the next couple of days.
Mets have 5 or more players on waivers | 08/27/2013 8:50 AM
NewsAdam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have at least five players going through revocable waivers and that there is a high probability that the club will make at least one trade in the next 24 to 48 hours.
ESPN New York
ImpactIt appears the Mets are prepping for potential trades, as the club has catcher Anthony Recker, outfielder Matt den Dekker and left-hander Robert Carson en route to New York. Marlon Byrd, John Buck, and Pedro Feliciano are among the candidates to be traded.
Byrd has go-ahead double vs. Padres | 08/16/2013 1:33 AM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run double in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Padres.
ImpactThe go-ahead hit was set up when Padres manager Bud Black elected to intentionally walk Daniel Murphy. Byrd owes an assist to Chris Denorfia, who would have had a legitimate chance to catch the double if he didn't misplay it badly. The veteran outfielder went into a bit of a funk to begin the month, but he has three multi-hit games in his last four, during which he has collected four extra-base hits.
Byrd goes 3-for-6 with double, home run | 08/15/2013 2:34 AM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 3-for-6 with a double, homer and three RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.
ImpactTonight marked an encouraging step forward for Byrd, who had slumped to a .231 average with no homers and zero RBI over 39 August at-bats entering the game. Mets manager Terry Collins said last week that Byrd "may be completely out of gas." Byrd has hit safely in all three games since Collins gave him a breather on Sunday.
Marlon Byrd getting a day off | 08/11/2013 1:11 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.
Adam Rubin on Twitter
ImpactIt's just a routine day off. Mike Baxter is taking Byrd's place in right field.
Marlon Byrd struggling in August | 08/09/2013 9:27 AM
NewsMarlon Byrd is batting just .160/.300/.240 in seven games this month.
ImpactMets manager Terry Collins also noted that Byrd "may be completely out of gas." The club appears to have missed an opportunity to get something for the veteran outfielder at the trade deadline.
Byrd remains with Mets past trading deadline | 07/31/2013 5:17 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd remained with the Mets past the trading deadline.
ImpactNew York decided that it valued fielding a stronger team in August and September more than the mid-tier prospect Byrd likely would have yielded. Byrd has enjoyed a career rebirth with the Mets and New York may change their minds about a swap if they can pass him through waivers next month.
Report: Mets receiving interest in OF Byrd | 07/31/2013 1:29 PM
NewsJoel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "suddenly" getting some hits on outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Joel Sherman on Twitter
ImpactThe Pirates are one of the teams involved. The Mets have made counter-offers, so it's just a matter of whether someone will be willing to meet their asking price. Byrd has had a nice season with the Mets, but he's an aging player who likely won't be part of the next winning team, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him get moved.
Mets haven't liked offers for Marlon Byrd | 07/30/2013 7:49 PM
NewsMarc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Mets are "fielding inquiries" on Marlon Byrd "but they don't like the offers thus far."
Marc Carig on Twitter
ImpactCarig adds that the sense is Byrd won't be dealt unless the offers improve. It would make sense for the Mets to get what they can for Byrd while he's playing well above expectations and is a free agent after this season. However, just as they did with Scott Hairston last season, they appear to value being competitive down the stretch more than getting a lower-tier prospect.
Marlon Byrd swats 16th homer in losing effort | 07/19/2013 11:14 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd swatted his 16th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Phillies on Saturday.
ImpactByrd's three-run blast off Kyle Kendrick in the fourth inning was his only hit in four at-bats on the night. In a season chocked full of surprises, the resurgence of this 35-year-old outfielder to fantasy relevance has certainly been noteworthy. Byrd is hitting .270/.317/.509 with 16 homers and 54 RBI.
Mets 'need to be overwhelmed' to trade Byrd | 07/18/2013 8:46 PM
NewsJorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that the Mets "will need to be overwhelmed with an offer" in order to trade Marlon Byrd.
ImpactByrd has provided unexpected production this season, batting .271/.316/.502 with 15 homers and 51 RBI. He's also owed just $280,000 for the remainder the season. Still, it's odd that the Mets wouldn't take advantage by getting something for him now while his bat is hot, as the 35-year-old isn't part of their long-term plans. "A guy like Marlon, he's not costing us a lot of money, there's the question then of what kind of talent we might be able to get back," GM Sandy Alderson said. "It's still very important for us to try to be competitive because, regardless of what happens, this has been about changing perception and about what people can anticipate going into the future."
Byrd goes 2-for-4 with double, RBI and a run | 07/14/2013 6:48 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win against the Pirates.
ImpactHe's gone 19-for-59 (.322) in July, answering critics who expected his career to end at any moment. Even Byrd's family didn't expect this caliber of season from the veteran outfielder. Left for dead a year ago, he's currently on pace to finish with 27 homers and 91 RBI, both of which would be career bests.
Marlon Byrd hits grand slam in win | 07/10/2013 2:04 AM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 and hit his seventh career grand slam Tuesday in the Mets' 10-5 win over the Giants.
ImpactByrd's homer off Jake Dunning was his 14th of the season. After being left for dead a year ago, he's currently on pace to finish with the best home run total and second best OPS and RBI total of his career. The Mets, though, could trade him later this month.
Marlon Byrd homers in Mets' victory | 06/27/2013 9:30 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the Mets to a 3-2 win over the Rockies on Thursday.
ImpactByrd has 12 homers, tying the second highest total of his career. His high is 20 for the Rangers in 2009. Byrd could bring back a prospect for the Mets next month if he keeps this up, but since he might be a part-timer for a contender if he's dealt, it could be best for his fantasy value if he stays put.
Byrd launches solo homer in loss | 06/13/2013 4:37 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd launched a solo homer in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.
ImpactThe ninth-inning blast against Edward Mujica was the only offense of the day for the Mets. Byrd went 2-for-4 in the loss and now has 10 homers and an .811 OPS through 49 games this season. He has been a nice surprise for NL-only owners.
Byrd homers twice as Mets topple Nationals | 06/05/2013 10:52 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with two home runs in the Mets' win over the Nationals on Wednesday.
ImpactByrd drove in three runs with the blasts and is now hitting .255/.310/.489 through 44 games. He's settled in as an everyday player in the Mets' outfield and should be owned in all NL-only leagues.
Byrd homers, drives in two as Mets top Yanks | 05/29/2013 11:31 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-5 with a home run in the Mets' 9-4 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.
ImpactAfter being DFA'd by the Red Sox just a season ago, Byrd has found some life with the Mets, hitting .244 with five homers and 22 RBI this season. That Byrd is one of the team's better run producers says more about the state of the Mets than about Byrd's resurgence, though, and despite the occasional good game, he is still a non-factor for fantasy purposes.
Byrd not in Monday's lineup | 04/15/2013 5:54 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd is not in Monday's lineup against the Rockies.
ESPN New York
ImpactWith right-hander Juan Nicasio on the hill for the Rockies, Jordany Valdespin will make the start in right field while Kirk Nieuwenhuis will play center field. There's still a chance that the game could be postponed due to the snowy weather.
Marlon Byrd prevents no-hitter | 03/30/2013 4:11 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd had the Mets' lone hit Saturday in the loss to the Orioles.
ImpactThe Mets opened the spring figuring they were going to need platoon partners for Kirk Nieuwenhuis in center and Mike Baxter in right, only to watch as those right-handed bats ended up winning starting jobs. The Mets will usually use Collin Cowgill in center and Byrd in right to start the season.
Marlon Byrd has contract purchased | 03/29/2013 3:55 PM
NewsMets purchased the contract of OF Marlon Byrd from Triple-A Las Vegas.
ImpactWith the mess that is the Mets' outfield, Byrd probably could have sleepwalked through spring training and still won a roster spot, but he actually fared well at the dish, batting .346/.375/.558 with a homer. He should see plenty of playing time against lefties.
Collins could use Marlon Byrd in center field | 03/22/2013 6:07 PM
NewsMets manager Terry Collins said Friday that he still sees Marlon Byrd as a possible fit in center field.
Marc Carig on Twitter
ImpactByrd is a near-certainty to make the Opening Day roster at this point, but Collins hasn't made up his mind whether to play him in center field or right. Kirk Nieuwenhuis entered spring training as the favorite for the center field job, but he is trying to get over a recent knee injury and may be on the outside looking in for a roster spot. Collin Cowgill and Jordany Valdespin are among the alternatives to Byrd in center.
Byrd nearly certain to win right field job | 03/20/2013 2:14 PM
NewsAccording to one Mets' official, Marlon Byrd is "99.9 percent certain" to win the starting right field job.
New York Daily News
ImpactGiven his strong performance this spring and the sorry state of the Mets' outfield, it's almost a given at this point. Byrd, a non-roster invitee, is hitting .324 (11-for-34) with four doubles and four RBI during Grapefruit League play. While he figures to get most of the starts initially, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin could also see playing time. The 35-year-old is a pretty uninspiring option outside of deeper NL-only fantasy leagues.
Byrd could retire if he doesn't make team | 03/01/2013 9:34 AM
NewsMarlon Byrd indicated Thursday that he could retire if he doesn't make the Mets' Opening Day roster.
New York Post
Impact"I kind of look at it as a last chance," Byrd said. "If I don't make this team, I don't see many other chances in baseball. That's the way I'm playing, like it is my last chance." The good news for Byrd, a non-roster invitee, is that the Mets are desperate for outfielders, so he shouldn't have a problem cracking the 25-man roster. Manager Terry Collins has even said he even has a shot to be the team's regular right fielder. Byrd, 35, is coming off a disastrous 2012 campaign where he batted just .210/.243/.245 over 47 contest.
Marlon Byrd goes 2-for-2, doubles | 02/23/2013 4:42 PM
NewsMarlon Byrd went 2-for-2 and doubled off Stephen Strasburg in Friday's game against the Nationals.
ImpactDespite a disastrous 2012 season, Byrd is being looked at as a possible starting right fielder by the Mets. Mike Baxter may be the primary competition, particularly now that Jordany Valdespin seems set to see more time in the infield than the outfield.
Marlon Byrd could be regular RF | 02/15/2013 3:37 PM
NewsMets manager Terry Collins said Marlon Byrd could be the team's regular right fielder.
Adam Rubin on Twitter
ImpactA more realistic goal for Byrd is probably being the regular right fielder against left-handers, with Mike Baxter starting against righties. Byrd, 35, hit an abysmal .210/.243/.245 with one home run in 153 at-bats between the Cubs and Red Sox in 2012, but he batted a much better .286/.337/.414 with 21 dingers for the Cubbies from 2010-11.
Mets sign Marlon Byrd to minor league deal | 02/01/2013 8:04 PM
NewsMets signed OF Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract.
ImpactThe deal includes an invitation to spring training. The 35-year-old outfielder hit an abysmal .210/.243/.245 with one home run and nine RBI in 153 at-bats between the Cubs and Red Sox in 2012 before being released by the Red Sox. He then had to serve a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The Mets could certainly use additional depth in their outfield, but Byrd is unlikely to be a major contributor.
|Date||Team||Opp||POS||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||K||SB||CS||YTD OBP||YTD SLG||YTD AVG||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|At Bats||6||4 times-last: vs. Ari||last: Jul 26||7|
|Runs||3||vs. NYN||May 30||3|
|Hits||4||at NYN||Jul 28||3|
|Doubles||2||3 times-last: at Oak||last: Sep 21||2|
|Triples||1||2 times-last: vs. ChN||last: Jun 14||1|
|Home Runs||2||vs. Atl||Jun 29||2|
|Total Bases||8||vs. Atl||Jun 29||8|
|Extra-Base Hits||2||5 times-last: at Oak||last: Sep 21||2|
|Runs Batted In||4||2 times-last: vs. SD||last: Jun 10||4|
|Base on Balls||2||3 times-last: at Mil||last: Jul 10||2|
|Times on Base||4||at NYN||Jul 28||3|
|Stolen Bases||1||3 times-last: vs. NYN||last: Aug 10||1|
|Caught Stealing||1||2 times-last: at Oak||last: Sep 21||1|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|At Bats||580||2010 (ChN)|
|Home Runs||24||2013 (NYN/Pit)|
|Total Bases||272||2013 (NYN/Pit)|
|Extra-Base Hits||65||2009 (Tex)|
|Runs Batted In||89||2009 (Tex)|
|Base on Balls||46||2008 (Tex)|
|Times on Base||218||2010 (ChN)|
|Stolen Bases||11||2003 (Phi)|
|Caught Stealing||4||2 times-last: 2013 (NYN/Pit)|
|Batting Average||.303||2003 (Phi)|
|On Base Percentage||.366||2003 (Phi)|
|Slugging Percentage||.511||2013 (NYN/Pit)|