According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports via Twitter (where else), Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds is a done deal.
Byrd, 37, hit .264 in 2014 with 28 doubles, 25 home runs, 85 RBIs and a .445 slugging percentage. He is the oldest everyday outfielder in the NL, but also one of the most productive.
Rosenthal says Ben Lively is headed to Philadelphia in the deal. The 22-year-old Lively (turns 23 in March) topped out at Double-A last season with the Reds organization. He made 26 starts – 13 at A-Ball, 13 at AA-Ball – posting a 13-7 record with a 3.06 ERA. In 151 innings, he fanned 171 and walked just 52. The Phillies are attempting to load up on young starting pitchers as they move on from their veterans, which is a positive sign.
Although 2015 might be a wash for the franchise, they’re at least taking the necessary steps to move forward in hopes that their rebuild can happen faster.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 31, 2014