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Reds interested in Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo

Jul 20, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

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Cincinnati is going to be without second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) and first baseman Joey Votto (quad) for another month at least, so to stay in contention in a crowded National League Central race upgrades will probably have to be made at the July 31 deadline. And the hunt has already begun.

Jim Salisbury of reports that the Reds have expressed interest in acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd and left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies, who are expected to be one of the most active sellers later this month.

Byrd, 36, is batting .264/.317/.476 with 18 home runs and 54 RBI in 96 games this season for Philadelphia. He signed a two-year, $16 million contract over the winter that includes an $8 million vesting option for 2016.

Bastardo, 28, has a 3.38 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 51/24 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings this season out of the Phillies’ bullpen. He’d fill the Reds’ need in lefty relief with Sean Marshall (shoulder) done for the year.

Bastardo is making $2 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time in 2015.

  1. baberuthslegs - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    How is Byrd going to help at 2nd base or 1st base?

    • thetruth323 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Exactly! Pitching isn’t the problem here.

    • felser - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Bruce moves to 1B, Byrd takes over RF.

    • felser - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Bruce moves to 1B, Byrd takes over RF.

    • observer82ab - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Perhaps by making Cincy feel better about themselves maybe???? Beats me?

  2. greymares - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    If this is true what would the Reds give up ?

    • observer82ab - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      I have seen a bucket of David sunflower seeds in the Red’s dugout.

  3. contraryguy - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Not buying it. The Reds already have an old OF in Ludwick, they don’t need another. Maybe Bastardo could be of use, but this piece sounds like trade deadline spec and little more. They have nobody to trade out anyway.

    • observer82ab - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Exactly my thoughts!

  4. stoutfiles - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    I can already see the writing in the wall, this team has way too many holes on offense to make the playoffs. I’d rather they trade Cueto while his value is sky high and start loading up for the future.

    • mazblast - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Cueto is not only a top-flight pitcher, but the best pitcher to come up through the Reds’ organization in the last 25 years. Trading him would be crazy IMO. Trading Leake or even Latos makes a lot more sense.

      • timburns116 - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:21 PM

        Why trade anyone? Make the WC and use a monster rotation of Cueto, Latos, and Bailey to make a pretty run

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