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3 Marlon Byrd RF
Height/Weight: 6-0/245 | Birthdate: 8/30/1977 | Birthplace: Boynton Beach, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Philadelphia | College: Georgia Tech | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $700,000 | Owned/Started%: 54/38 | Average Draft Position: 228.40
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Marlon Byrd goes yard, plates two runs in loss to Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd was one of the few bright spots, as he clubbed his second home run of the season in his team's 6-2 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday.

Byrd took starter Marco Estrada deep for a solo home run in the second, and then drove in another run on an infield single in the sixth inning. He finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. He is hitting .263 (10 for 38) with two home runs and six RBI in his first 38 at-bats.

Marlon Byrd goes hitless vs. Cubs Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd went 0 for 3 with a walk Saturday, striking out twice and leaving four on base in his team's 2-0 win over the Cubs.

Byrd homered on Opening Day and finished the team's Texas series 5 for 12, but he's 0 for 8 in two games against the Cubs, giving him a .238/.304/.381 line in 21 at-bats. He'll continue to serve as the Phillies' regular right fielder.


Phillies might trade for a backup center fielder


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said depth in center field remains an area of need and added an addition would more than likely come through a trade rather than free agency, according to The Philadelphia Daily News.

John Mayberry is currently the only major-league player projected to back up center fielder Ben Revere. However, Amaro said new right fielder Marlon Byrd might see some time in center field this season.


Marlon Byrd ready to prove skeptics wrong


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) Coming off one of the best seasons of his career at 35 years old, new Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd is going to face a lot of questions about whether or not he will be able to repeat his offensive success in 2014.

Byrd knows the skeptics will be out in full force after he served a 50-game suspension in 2012 for using a performance-enhancing substance.

"Everything last year until I retire will be looked at that way because I did test positive," he told MLB.com. "The guys that don’t like talking about it are the ones that were trying to cheat or trying to beat the system. I wasn’t. I was stupid. I took something. I didn’t do my due diligence. It’s as simple as that, so it’s easy for me to talk about it because I have nothing to hide."


Marlon Byrd explains his breakout


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/14/2013) Newly signed Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd, who broke out with 24 home runs in 2013 after hovering in the 7-12 range for most of his career, told the Philadelphia Inquirer he made an adjustment to his swing prior to the season.

"When I say it out loud, it sounds kind of silly," Byrd said. "My whole career, I've been taught to hit the top of the ball. When I started breaking down the swing, I realized when you hit the top of the ball, the ball goes down and it's a ground ball. If you can stay through the middle of the ball, you can get the ball in the air. That's what we worked on to try to drive the ball for more power."

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. thinks the explanation is valid, which is a big reason why he offered the 36-year-old a two-year, $16 million deal.

"We talked to our scouts about how his swing path and approach changed," Amaro said. "He's worked on it. I have to trust my scouts on it."


Marlon Byrd heading back to Philadelphia


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) The Phillies officially signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 million deal on Tuesday.

Byrd started his career with the Phillies, playing his first three full seasons with Philadelphia before going to Washington mid-season in 2005. He batted .291/.336/.511 with 24 homers and 88 RBI between 117 games with the Mets and 30 games with the Pirates last season.


Marlon Byrd signs two-year, $16 million deal with Phillies


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) The Phillies have signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 million deal, according to ESPN.

The Byrd signing was initially reported by Philadelphia radio station WIP. The terms of the contract were not known at first. The biggest question will be whether the 36-year-old will remain effective for two seasons. Byrd hit .291/.336/.511 in 532 at-bats.


Phillies bringing back Marlon Byrd


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) The Phillies are expected to sign outfielder Marlon Byrd, according to 94WIP.

Byrd began his career with the club in 2002, and remained with the team halfway through the 2005 season. The 35-year-old hit .291/.336/.511 in 532 at-bats spread between the Pirates and the Mets. The deal is said to be for two years, according to FoxSports.com.


Marlon Byrd, Justin Morneau among Pirates' free agents


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to A.J. Burnett, who was not extended a qualifying offer, the Pirates have had several players declare free agency, including relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth, shortstop Clint Barmes, catcher John Buck, outfielder Marlon Byrd, starting pitcher Jeff Karstens and first baseman Justin Morneau.

Burnett is expected to re-sign with the Pirates if he doesn't retire. The Pirates have also expressed interest in bringing back Byrd, Morneau and Barmes.


Pirates hope to re-sign A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd and Clint Barmes


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2013) The Pirates are eager to re-sign pitcher A.J. Burnett, outfielder Marlon Byrd and shortstop Clint Barmes, MLB.com reports. Burnett is expected to be extended a $14.1-million qualifying offer, one that MLB.com expects him to accept.

Burnett has said that he'll either pitch for the Pirates in 2014 or retire. Byrd is due for a sizable raise from his $700,000 salary in 2013 after hitting .291/.336/.511 with 24 home runs and 88 RBI in 532 at-bats. Barmes just finished a two-year, $10.5-million contract, hitting .221/.263/.316 in 759 at-bats over the last two years.


Marlon Byrd continues strong postseason in Game 3 win


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Pirates outfielder Marlon Byrd knocked in two runs in the club's Game 3 win over St. Louis to take a 2-1 lead in the NLDS.

Byrd finished 2 for 3 with a run, a walk and the two RBI, notched on a first inning single. Byrd has scored four runs and knocked in five in just four games this postseason.

Marlon Byrd breaks ice in wild card win


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Pirates outfielder Marlon Byrd came up big on Tuesday night as Pittsburgh defeated the Reds to win the National League wild card playoff game and advance to the NLDS.

Byrd homered in the bottom of the second inning in his first career playoff at-bat against Johnny Cueto to get the scoring started. Russell Martin homered two batters later in the inning. Byrd went 1 for 4 with two RBI in the game.

Byrd played in 30 regular season games for the Pirates and hit .318 down the stretch after coming over from the Mets. He hit three HRs with 17 RBI for the Pirates to put them into the postseason.

Marlon Byrd records three hits, HR


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Pirates outfielder Marlon Byrd hit one of six homers hit by Pittsburgh on Saturday in Cincinnati. Byrd took starter Bronson Arroyo deep in the fifth inning for a two-run shot.

Byrd now has 24 homers on the season as he finished the game 3 for 4 with two RBI. He has 88 RBI on the year to go with his .291 batting average. The 36-year-old veteran has gone 8 for 13 over his last four games with three runs batted in.

Marlon Byrd to get the day off Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Pirates outfielder Marlon Byrd will have the day off Friday, according to MLB Network Radio.

Manager Clint Hurdle said Byrd would have the day off against the Cubs. He's hitting .288 in 482 at-bats. 


Mets recall recently acquired Vic Black


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Mets have recalled relief pitcher Vic Black, MLB.com reports. Black, acquired in the Marlon Byrd trade, posted a 2.51 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings for Triple-A Indianapolis before the trade.

Marlon Byrd homers in first game with Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Making his Pirates debut Wednesday, outfielder Marlon Byrd hit his 22nd home run of the season in his team's 7-1 win over the Brewers. The three-run homer was Byrd's only hit in four at-bats.

The Pirates will hope Byrd can continue to give the team an offensive boost as it makes a playoff push. Byrd has hit .284/.330/.522 wtih 22 home runs and 74 RBI in 429 at-bats.


Marlon Byrd making Pirates debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Pirates outfielder Marlon Byrd will get the start Wednesday against the Brewers.

Byrd will start in right, and bat fourth against Tom Gorzelanny. Byrd is hitting 285/.330/.518 in 425 at-bats.


Mets send cash to Pirates with Marlon Byrd and John Buck


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) The Mets sent $250,000 to the Pirates with outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

The Pirates didn't receive much salary relief for either player, which is a sign they are willing to go all in for a playoff push. Both Buck and Byrd are set to be free-agents following the season, so their salary figures won't be an issue next year.


Trade can only hurt Marlon Byrd


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/27/2013) With his move from the Mets to the Pirates Tuesday, Marlon Byrd, the 23rd-best hitter in Fantasy since June 1, gets to leave Citi Field behind him. Considering he's batting .249 with a .712 OPS there compared to .318 with a .975 OPS everywhere else, that's theoretically good news.

Unfortunately, PNC Park isn't exactly an upgrade. In fact, for a right-handed power hitter, parks don't get much worse. According to StatCorner.com, PNC Park has a home run park factor of 61 for right-handed hitters. The norm is 100.

Of course, Citi Field is 101 -- or better than average -- so perhaps Byrd's struggles there were more a coincidence than an indication he's susceptible to such things. But for a player who was already a long shot to sustain his current pace, I consider this trade bad news.

Doesn't mean I'm benching Byrd -- again, he's the 23rd-best hitter in Fantasy since June 1 -- but he'll have a shorter leash now than he would have if he stayed with the Mets.


Marlon Byrd heading to Pirates


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd will be sent to the Pirates, according to ESPN New York. 

Byrd was reportedly placed on waivers Tuesday, and the Pirates struck. Byrd is hitting .285/.330/.518 in 425 at-bats. 


Marlon Byrd claimed on waivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd has been claimed on waivers, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. 

The Mets are rumored to be interested in making deals, so there's a chance Byrd will be on the move. It is not known what team claimed Byrd. He's hiting .285/.330/.518 in 425 at-bats. 


Report: Mets expected to make trades soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) The Mets are reportedly looking to get rid of some players, according to ESPNNewYork.com. 

At least five players are currently going through waivers, and the team is expected to make at least one deal. Marlon Byrd, John Buck and Pedro Feliciano are the most likely candidates to be moved. The team brought Anthony Recker, Matt den Dekker and Robert Carson to New York in case they make a deal. Those players would be activated if Byrd, Buck or Feliciano are dealt. 


Marlon Byrd remains an outlier


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(8/20/2013) Roughly three weeks ago, I included Marlon Byrd among my list of top sell-high candidates, but all Byrd has done since then is raise his batting average and get extra-base hits at an even higher rate. It has helped that Byrd has slowed down his strikeout pace, but by producing at such a high level, he continues to beat the odds.

In his first season with the Mets, Byrd has been getting home runs and ground ball base hits at rates far beyond his career norms. Since the beginning of August, his ground ball batting average has fallen from .351 to .336, but a .347 BABIP for the month -- along with a decrease in strikeouts -- has helped him to a .303 batting average this month. He's also maintaining a 19 percent home run-to-flyball ratio that dwarfs his previous marks. Neither his batting average nor his home run rate looks sustainable.

Just maybe Byrd can keep this pace going through the season's final six weeks, but despite his sustained success, it seems more likely that he'll experience a dropoff in power or batting average, if not both. Though his ranking as a top 40 outfielder suggests otherwise, you can probably do better than Byrd in standard mixed leagues.


Marlon Byrd ties season high for home runs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd hit a solo home run in the ninth inning Monday -- his 20th home run this season and third in his last six games. The 20 home runs have tied Byrd's career high for a single season, which he set in 2009 with the Rangers.

Byrd is batting .390 (16 for 41) with one triple, three home runs, four doubles and eight RBI in his last 11 games.


Marlon Byrd's homer not enough


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd ended a long homerless drought Wednesday, as he went feep for the first time in 25 games in a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers.

Byrd took Dodgers starter Chris Capuano deep for a three-run shot in the third inning, his 18th of the season. He finished the game 3 for 5 with three RBI and one run scored. He is now hitting .273 with one home run and seven RBI in 13 August games.