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Marlon Byrd has a four-team no-trade clause. Here are the teams.

Jul 11, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

Marlon Byrd AP

An hour or so ago I posted about how the Mariners are scouting Marlon Byrd. After reading this story from Jim Salisbury of, however, maybe they should send scouts elsewhere:

Byrd has some control over where he could be traded, though not as much control as Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, who have full no-trade rights, and not as much as Papelbon, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, who all can block deals to more than half the teams in baseball. Note: Papelbon says his no-trade clause (he can block deals to 17 teams) will not get in the way of his moving to a contender.

Byrd’s contract allows him to block deals to four teams. He revealed to that those teams are Seattle, Kansas City, Toronto and Tampa Bay.


Bats are hard to come by, of course, so I’m sure the Phillies can, if they want, find a trading partner who does not present such difficulty.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I doubt that any of those 4 teams want him either.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      You realize this means he hates Canada, don’t you?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        That’s OK, he also seems to hate Washington.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        So did the Expos 😉

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      I realize that he is having a good year, but at that age and salary, he is a major risk.

      • mbellwoar - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        his contract is only for 2 years, “major risk” is a bit of an overstatement

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        He is 35 and is about to revert to being Marlon Byrd.

      • bulovma0 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        He has one year left at $8M. In today’s game that is chump change. In other news, the mets are still paying Bobby Bonilla. Stick to hockey Canada.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:11 AM

        While you are being so generous with your advice, let me suggest that you stick to hopscotch.

    • 76ersdoubletank - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      You’re right, they want a player who is actually playing well….oh wait..

  2. hoopmatch - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Mayhap the Pirates would be interested…

    • danaking - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Why? He did well for them last year, but with McCutchen, Marte, and Polanco the outfield is set. Plus they’re trying to keep Harrison in the lineup.

      Now, if Byrd could play first base…

  3. bravojawja - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    What a weird mix of teams. Does he have ex-wives in those towns?

    • ironcurtin64 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      That’s funny. Maybe Toronto and Tampa because of the turf, Seattle because of the offense drop off, and I have no idea why Kansas City would be on the list.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        They haven’t been terribly great for the last few years, is my guess.

      • carpi2 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Kaufman Field suppresses home runs as well. I don’t think it’s as bad as PetCo Park, ore Seattle’s park, but it is a pitcher’s park. That could be the reason.

  4. whatacrocker - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Apparently, Byrd feels that the color blue is unflattering on him.

  5. mf44srq - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I doubt his inflated ego would fit inside the Trop! Marlon who?

  6. tmc602014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Interesting. You could kind of understand KC and Seattle, doormats for so long. Toronto also was bottom of the AL East heap for quite a while. Why Tampa? You get to dress funny for road trips, etc., what’s not to like?

    • clydeserra - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      I think those clauses are for negotiations rather than distaste of the franchise for some reason. Most of the time anyway.

    • geoknows - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Well, if you actually read the article, you will see that he included Tampa and Toronto because he doesn’t want to go to a team that plays on turf.

  7. rdillon99 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Tampa and Toronto both have artificial turf, so that makes a certain amount of sense as to why he wouldn’t want to go there.

  8. randomjoeblow - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    He’s afraid he can’t hit in Kansas City..

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