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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: MARLON BYRD DEALT TO CINCINNATI

The Philadelphia Phillies continues with their efforts to trade anything that is not nailed down Wednesday as they made if official with the Cincinnati Reds moving outfielder Marlon Byrd to their organization for prospect Ben Lively.  Byrd is entering the second year of a two-year deal he had signed with the Phillies and comes off a very solid 2014 campaign when he hit 25 home runs and collected 85 RBI while batting .264.  For Byrd, he gets to continue on hitting in a home run ballpark in Cincinnati and this gets to hold onto his solid outfielder 3 fantasy baseball status.  Over the last two seasons, Byrd has hit 24 and 25 home runs while driving in 88 and 85 batters.  A late-blooming player who was almost completely out of baseball before the New York Mets took a cheap flier prior to 2013, Byrd is a guy who supplies the most rare commodity in the game today which is home runs.  Despite his past PED suspension and questions about how he is all of a sudden doing all of this home run hitting at the age of 37, Byrd should still be respected again as an outfielder 3 whose annually cheap draft price makes him a very good investment.  We would delve in again here given the cost and the power return for at least another season. 

 

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