Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies are set to reunite with outfielder Marlon Byrd, according to multiple reports including Michael Barkann on 94 WIP who broke the news.
When first hearing about the signing, there are two facts that stick out in Byrd's bio. The right-handed bat is now 36 years old and was almost out of baseball after being suspended for violating MLB's PED policy in 2012.
He put up solid numbers in 2013 splitting time between the Mets and the Pirates, the latter of which he helped to their first postseason in decades: 291/.336/.511 with 24 home runs and 88 RBIs in 147 games.
Assuming the 2-year deal is at a bargain price, the reaction around the web seems to be "it could have been worse," which speaks to fans' confidence in Ruben Amaro these days. The Phils needed a right-handed outfield bat and if Byrd can replicate the numbers he put up last season, he'll be a nice stop gap.
UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPN is reporting the 2-year deal to be worth $16 million which certainly seems like a lot. Byrd made $700,000 last season.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.