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The Mariners are out on Marlon Byrd

Jul 30, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

One of the longest-simmering rumors of the summer has been Marlon Byrd to the Mariners. Not hottest-simmering, mind you. It’s just Marlon Byrd. But ever since people started getting excited about the Mariners contending and getting excited about the Phillies stinking again, people have assumed that a Byrd-to-Seattle deal was gonna go down.

Nope:

There aren’t many exciting bats on the market. And that’s true even if you stretch your definition of “exciting” to include Byrd. Maybe Alex Rios. Maybe Josh Willingham. But as of now, it looks like the Marlins don’t have a lot going on to upgrade the offense.

  1. thegoods24 - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Why do so many writers get the Mariners and the Marlins mixed up? Is it really that hard?

    • El Bravo - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      For the same reason that so many writers get Obama and Osama mixed up, I assume.

    • cchicane - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      It’s just another way to troll the M’s.

  2. gmkev - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    So Ruben Amaro handicaps himself by yet again throwing in an unnecessary vesting option to an aging player. Byrd would have signed with the Phillies for 2 years $16M. No sense adding in a 3rd year vesting option.

    • greymares - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      How do you know what he or anybody else would sign for ? Oh you must be privy to all the negotiations

      • gmkev - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Lets look at similar players who signed last year.
        Nelson Cruz 1 year deal $8m
        Melky Cabrera 2 year deal $16m

        Amaro was right to give $16 over 2 years but throwing in a 3rd year vesting option to a 36 year old player was flat out dumb.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      gm. Nelson and Melky were coming off suspension. Was Byrd given 50 games off?

      • toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        He was the year before.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      At least it wasn’t $45/3

  3. gmkev - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    So Ruben Amaro handicaps himself by yet again throwing in an unnecessary vesting option to an aging player. Byrd would have signed with the Phillies for 2 years $16M. No sense adding in a 3rd year vesting option.

  4. jrbdmb - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    And Amaro can’t even trade Marlon Friggin Byrd. Yes it is getting repetitive, but how is this GM still employed?

  5. mungman69 - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    LOOK AT HIS AGE

  6. fearthehoody - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Please trade Felix! I feel bad for that guy! Every 5 days 8IP 9k’s 0 ER and a ND on a Mariners loss!!!

  7. edelmanfanclub - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    RAJ probably asked the Dodgers to give up Seager Pederson and Urias to send Byrd to the Mariners.

  8. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    If a second year in a row goes by where Roob the Boob doesn’t make a deadline deal, I’m gonna be a sad drunk. The same stuff happened last year where teams had interest in Michael Young, Carlos Ruiz, and Cliff Lee amongst others but failed to move any of them because the return “wasn’t strong enough”. If a lottery ticket is free you take it.

    • stupidusername - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Teams wanted Michael Young about as much as teams want Ryan Howard.

      The non-waiver deadline isn’t the end to trades. They’re all still under contract in the winter when more teams would be willing to make a trade. No need to rush to trade them now if you don’t get any value in return. Of course, what worries me is that someone did offer something good in return and Amaro turned it down, or Amaro was never offered anything since he set the price on every player way too high. And then going into the winter he has to settle for a lesser deal.

      Speaking of happy about a team losing, are the Braves looking to trade anything at all? Or are they content with their 24th ranked offense in runs scored? Is a play-in game loss going to be an annual event in the ATL?

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