Per Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies and free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd have agreed to a 2 year deal. The contract is reportedly worth $16 million.
The Mets had expressed interest in a reunion with Byrd, but he wasn’t at the top of their list.
Fresh off a PED suspension, Byrd would’ve retired last year if the Mets hadn’t given him a chance. After getting that chance, he had a career year – and good for him.
The odds of Byrd improving on last year or coming close to a repeat performance are slim.
He may have been a solid get as a second outfield piece for the Mets this offseason, but I’m sure the Mets (and many other teams) were worried about the strong likelihood that he’ll regress in 2014.