It was reported just two days ago by fellow OnBaseTalk staff writer Jacobo Hakim that the Seattle Mariners were showing some interest in Philadelphia Phillies veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd.

The Mariners (51-44) are currently in third place behind the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (57-37), while the Phillies (42-53) will look to bounce back after finishing the first half of the regular season in last place behind the Miami Marlins (44-50) in the National League East.

Byrd is currently on pace to eclipse a couple offensive stats, hitting 18 home runs with 54 RBIs on a batting line of .265/.316/.483 through 385 at-bats. Marlon’s career high in long-balls is 24, a number in which he posted last year while splitting the season between the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates, and 89 RBIs as a member of the Texas Rangers back in 2009.

There’s no doubt that Byrd has the power that Seattle needs, but the age factor could cause fans to have some mixed reactions about this deal if anything were to happen.

Now according to Ryan Divish on Twitter, the Mariners have had some serious talks with the Phillies in regards to acquiring Marlon Byrd.

It was revealed on couple days ago that Byrd had four specific teams in mind when it came to his no-trade clause. Those teams were the Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and the Seattle Mariners. I wonder what caused the seasoned veteran to change his mind about Seattle?

Even at the age of 36 years old (37 on Aug. 30), Byrd is still proving himself to be a solid defender and even better right-handed bat in Philadelphia’s lineup. So if a deal were to go down between these two teams, what would the Phillies be looking for in return for the red-hot Byrd? Right now I wouldn’t expect anything outrageous, but a serious piece that could be involved is young infielder Nick Franklin.

With Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins nearing the end of their career, a package deal including Franklin would make sense for both sides. Seattle committed second base to former New York Yankees star Robinson Cano with that massive contract over the Winter, and was unable to win the shortstop job over Brad Miller. Franklin has only played in 17 games with the big league club this year, collecting only two RBIs with six hits through 47 at-bats.

The young infielder who could play either shortstop or second base, made his Major League debut with the Mariners last season – finishing with a total of 12 home runs, 45 RBIs and 20 doubles with a .225/.303/.382 batting line in 102 games.

Philadelphia is going to have to start thinking ‘younger’, just like the Chicago Cubs, and Nick Franklin could very well be one of their future center pieces.

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