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.