Marlon Byrd has been a hot topic of trade this season, and now two suitors have risen today. The Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds are potentially interested in Byrd’s services. Although this would be a good match, the Royals still do not know if they will be deadline buyers since their record is 48-49. Byrd could also veto a trade to Kansas City, since they are one of the four teams in his no-trade clause; however, it seems he would be willing to waive the clause if the Royals vest his option for a third year. Cincinnati is also seeking a right-handed power hitter and they’re not on Byrd’s no-trade clause.The Mariners were originally very interested in Byrd, but were put off by Byrd’s demands to have his third option vested in (Seattle is also one of the four teams in his no-trade clause)
Byrd seems to be one of the top options this season at the deadline, as he has put on a terrific show so far. He is hitting .264 but has hit 18 home runs and 54 runs batted in. He would be a fantastic power addition to a weak offense, especially one in need of a right-handed bat. Byrd is in his first year of a two year deal; he is set to make $8 million in 2014, $8 million in 2015, and has a 2016 option which is worth $8 million and vests if he has 600 or 550 plate appearances in 2015 and a total of 1100 plate appearances in 2014 and 2015. It becomes a team option if he does not reach those goals. Considering that the trade market for power bats is low this season, the Phillies should not have any trouble finding a partner for Byrd. In fact, they could get a decent prospect if they play their cards right.