Injuries have haunted the Cincinnati Reds this season especially with the loss of Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto, who are most likely to be out for at least another month. Not to mention, the Reds haven't won a game since the All-Star break losing six straight games falling to five and a half games out of first place.
With those losses severely dwindling offensive production, the Reds may be on the hunt for a player prior to the July 31st trade deadline. One player that the club is reportedly interested in is Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Byrd, who turns 37 at the end of August, is batting .264 with 18 home runs and 54 runs batted in in 96 games this season for the Phillies. He signed a two-year, $16 million contract prior to the season that includes an $8 million option for 2016. The 13-year veteran has played with seven different clubs boasting a career .275 average while hitting 15 bombs a year and driving in an average of 71 runs a year.
While it may seem that the Reds may not need an outfielder, remember that while Joey Votto is may be out just another month, there is no guarantee he will be 100 percent. With the addition of Byrd, who has played games in every outfield position, it would give Ryan Ludwick, Billy Hamilton, and Jay Bruce an opportunity at a day off. Also, if Ludwick and Bruce find time at first base, Byrd will be a go-to starter.
Additionally, it has been reported by Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that the Reds may also be interested in left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo, who could very well fill the void that was left when Sean Marshall was lost for year. Bastardo has appeared in just under 43 innings recorded a 3.38 earned run average.
Cincinnati will have to look for something in order to end the six-game skid since returning from the All-Star break. They begin a six-game home stand at home against the Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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