According to Seattle Mariners’ beat writer Ryan Davish, Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is willing to waive his no-trade clause. Byrd’s contract has a no-trade clause for four teams and the Mariners are obviously one of them. Byrd would have to identify the team as a contender before waiving the clause. When asked about the Mariners, Byrd said, “The trade would have to happen first, then I would discuss what’s best for me and my family and the Phillies organization.”
Byrd is hitting .263/.315/.479 with 18 home runs, 54 RBI, 24 BB and 114 strikeouts. Byrd was automatically be the Mariners leading home run hitter upon his arrival on a team that desperately needs better outfield production and right-handed power.
Byrd is signed through 2015 at $8 million a year and his limited no-trade clause also includes Kansas City, Tampa Bay and Toronto. His contract also comes with an attainable trigger for a 2016 options worth $8 million. It’s unclear what the Mariners are willing to trade in return for Byrd. It’s unlikely the deal will return any major pieces.
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