The Yankees are in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies over outfielder Marlon Byrd, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. New York has wanted a bat this deadline season, most noticeably Josh Willingham, Robert Murray of Sports Rumor Alert recently wrote. The Yankees are not on Byrd's no-trade list, but the team is weary over his $8 million salary next season.
The Phillies had previously been in discussions with the Seattle Mariners over Marlon Byrd, but a deal was not reached, and the negotiations trickled off. This could be because the Phillies' asking price was so high, something that the Yankees might not be able to withstand. They do have some intriguing prospects, but no top talent. We will have to see how willing the Phillies are in dealing Byrd.
On the season, Byrd continues to be fantastic. He is hitting a triple-slash line of .270/.318/.477 with 20 home runs and 60 runs batted in. In his 446 plate appearances, Byrd has a 1.4 fWAR and a 120 OPS+. He is a free agent at the end of next season, but has a vesting option for 2016.
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