Phillies Trade Marlon Byrd to Reds, Acquire Promising Young Arm

The Philadelphia Phillies continued to make strides in their long-overdue re-build today, dealing outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for several prospects, one of whom is right-hander Ben Lively.

Byrd, a free agent signing from last offseason who homered 25 times and drove in 85 runs, was a bright spot during an otherwise dismal 2014 season for the Phils. He will get an opportunity to compete for a pennant once again with the Reds.

Lively pitching at UCF (photo: Knight News)

Lively, meanwhile, is ranked by Baseball Prospectus as the Reds’ 7th-best prospect. He was the team’s fourth-round pick in 2013, and accumulated a 13-7 record with a 3.04 ERA between A and AA last season. He allowed opponents to hit only .215 against him but struggled mightily with command during his AA stint, walking 36 batters in just 72 innings pitched.


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Categories: Beat Writing, Phillies

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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