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MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees a Potential Landing Spot for Phillies’ Marlon Byrd

July 26th, 2014 at 11:09 AM
By Doug Rush

The New York Yankees have been red-hot since they have returned from the All Star break, winning seven out of their last eight games and are getting themselves right into the thick of the playoff race.

With the team looking for help on offense, the Yankees have been linked to several names on the trade market; some have made sense and some have not. This one has the potential to make sense for the Yankees so long as the asking price is right.

John Harper of the New York Daily News suggested that the Yankees make a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, but instead of looking for one of their starters such as Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels, they look at Marlon Byrd instead.

"Yet the onus remains on Cashman because it’s hard to see how these Yankees can make it to October with an offense that, as of Thursday, ranked 14th in the AL in runs scored. In other words, never mind Cliff Lee; Marlon Byrd never looked so good. I mean, how long can the Yankees survive playing Ichiro Suzuki in right field most every day? The other night they were so desperate for more pop in their outfield that they played Kelly Johnson there for the first time all season, and now he’s on the disabled list with a groin injury. With 19 home runs for the Phillies, the sure-to-be-traded Byrd has more blasts than Thursday’s entire starting outfield of Ichiro, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner. Byrd can help, and while several teams reportedly have expressed interest, there has been no indication the Yankees are one of them. However, one team executive who knows Cashman well said on Thursday that no one should make much of that."
 
With the Phillies in last place and looking like sellers this month, Byrd is one of their more attractive trade chips and the Yankees could use more pop on offense, especially if Carlos Beltran can't return to the field and Mark Teixeira suffers any setbacks with his lat strain that has held him out the last week. With Kelly Johnson, who was their backup first basemen and at times, right fielder, now on the DL, the Yankees are looking like a team with no choice but to make a deal.
 
Byrd has 19 home runs and 59 RBI in 101 games with the Phillies this season and not only knows what it is like to play and perform well in New York, but be traded to a contender, as he was last season.
 
As a member of the New York Mets, Byrd was hitting .285 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI before he was traded at the deadline last summer to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 30 games, Byrd hit .318 with three home runs and 17 RBI, giving him 24 home runs and 88 RBI on the season.
 
The one kicker with Byrd is that if the Yankees were to trade for him, it's not a rental for just 2014, as he has a second year attached to him from the two-year, $16 million deal he signed with the Phillies back in November, so he could have a larger role on the team if acquired. The Yankees are not the only American League contender to have ties to Byrd, as the Seattle Mariners were one club with possible interest, as well as the Baltimore Orioles.
 
If the asking price is right, it's worth consideration given the Yankees lack of pop and power in right field. Byrd could be the cheap answer for that need.
 

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