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Nats, Braves are interested in Marlon Byrd

Mar 27, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Nationals and Braves have expressed interest in acquiring Marlon Byrd from the Cubs.

Makes sense on one level: each team could use an outfielder. The Nationals have been searching for a centerfielder forever, and Byrd could handle that probably as well as Jayson Werth could. The Braves have moved their starting left fielder Martin Prado to third base to cover for Chipper Jones, meaning that Eric Hinske and Matt Diaz will be covering left rather than serving as bench bats as God and Nature intended.

Of course, the fact that Byrd had an awful year at the plate last year means that he’s no panacea.   He’s 34, he’s owed $6.5 million and he hit 276/.324/.395 last season, so it’s hard to see how such a deal would look, what with neither the Nats nor the Braves likely wanting that salary or wanting to give up anything for him.

  1. diehardcubbiefan4life - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Love this guy. Gives you nothing but hustle and heart for the game. To be fair, he’s had a great spring and he’s really buffed up this winter. Hope he does well if he stays with us or goes somewhere else.

    • El Bravo - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      Also to be fair, he broke his face last season.

  2. sknut - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Death, Taxes and the Nationals searching for a CF!

  3. larryboodry - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    I love Byrd, but trading him would free up CF for Brett Jackson.

  4. jpro06 - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Also, to be fair, he was hitting right around .300 when e got clocked in the face with a fastball. It was gruesome. Great guy and player.

  5. natstowngreg - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    For the Cubs, it could help along the Epstein/Hoyer rebuilding plan by unloading an older player’s salary. Thus, they might be willing to eat some of Byrd’s remaining contract and accept less talent in return.

    For the Nats, Byrd could be an inexpensive stopgap while they teach Bryce Harper how to play CF in Syracuse (or continue their search for a more permanent CF). Byrd isn’t the ideal defensive CF but has more experience in CF than Werth, leaving the latter in RF where he fits the best.

  6. Kyle - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    If he can repeat his performance from last season, $6.5 million is a perfectly acceptable amount to pay him.

  7. buffalomafia - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Shouldn’t the Braves be looking for a third baseman?

    I keep saying try to get David Wright from the Mets?

    Does anyone agree?

    • foreverchipper10 - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      You have to stop. Seriously. The braves have Prado to cover 3rd when/if Chipper cannot play. What they truly need is a LF which they have not had in, oh, I can’t even remember how long. That is how long it has been. Maybe since Chipper himself was out there.

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