Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year Marlon Byrd

Hours before 2015 officially becomes reality, Marlon Byrd was sent packing to Cincinnati.  The first time the Phillies traded Byrd (back in 2005), it netted the team Inning-Endy Chavez from the Nationals.  This time it brings Reds pitching prospect Ben Lively to Philadelphia. Amaro also sent $4M to Cincy to cover half of Byrd's salary.

Lively has a live arm...see what I did there?  Drafted in the 4th round in 2013, he's quickly mowed down the competition all the way up to Double-A.  In 39 minor league starts over the past two seasons he's compiled a 13-11 record over 192 innings with 227 strikeouts, a 2.58 ERA, and 1.07 WHIP.  He's averaged 10.6 K/9.  Added bonus, he hit .294/863 in 21 plate appearances last year.  Ben is a decent size righty (6'4"/190 lb) and is set to turn 23 in March.  Welcome aboard kid.  Here's to hoping you help anchor the rotation in the near future.

Seems like an alright return for Byrd.  Would have liked a bat instead of another arm, but beggars can't be choosy.   


GM-Carson said...

Phils also rumored to be after Aaron Harang. He's alright. Nothing great, but not horrible either.

GM-Carson said...

Dodgers just DFA's Cuban shortstop
Erisbel Arruebarrena. He's still under contract for a few more seasons. He's only 24 and is a decent fielder and bat will likely at least be average. Phils should get him if he hits waivers, because I don't wanna see Freddy Galvis manning SS next season.

Robert Dalton said...

The minors has now a bunch of good arms for starters. I saw Arruebarrena was put on waivers too and thought he would be a good addition for SS

Bob D said...

The team will now have a handful of decent to good pitching prospects for the A - AAA teams starting this year. Between Biddle, Morgan, Nola, Imhof, Livey, Windle, Eflin, and several others they do have safety in numbers. But these guys could all make it to the majors or they all could fade away. I'm also high on Leibrandt and Leiter not because their fathers played in big leagues but what I have heard and seen from them is they could end up as decently good pitchers too.

We will likely see in spring a number of minor league players who are non prospects actually get released in favor of these guys. We also may see a couple of these guys in Philly by years end but even more so in 2016, 2017.