For months, Ruben Amaro Jr’s goal has been to get Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. It was even the subject of a joke by Marlins GM Dan Jennings as he passed Amaro during an interview on the first day of the Winter Meetings.
It is clear what the Phillies need to do this offseason: they need to essentially start from scratch. The needs: at least one outfielder, relief pitching, starting pitching and catching.
Among the sub-headings in team needs was a right-handed bat. The Phillies found one on Tuesday.
Marlon Byrd, a former Phillies who spent 2013 with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates, has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with his first team.
Byrd was a member of the Phillies from 2002 until midway through the 2005 season. In 256 games with the Phillies, he posted a .271 average with 13 home runs and 79 RBI.
The now 36-year-old outfielder has since been a member of the Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Mets and Pirates. He was an all-star in 2010 with the Cubs, posting a .293 average with 12 home runs and 66 RBI.
In 2012, Byrd was suspended for 50 games as part of Major League Baseball’s PED policy. He followed up a disappointing 2012 with a career year in 2013, hitting .291 with 24 home runs and 88 RBI.
Byrd’s signing brings the Phillies outfield placement to feature Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Byrd, however, the Phillies may not necessarily be done making moves at that position.