Oct 6, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Marlon Byrd (2) hits a double against the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning in game three of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies to sign Marlon Byrd to two year deal?

It looks like the first domino of Major League Baseball free agency has fallen as it’s being reported by multiple sources that the Philadelphia Phillies have signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a two year, $16 million dollar deal.

Per Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

Source says Marlon Byrd deal is two years, $16 million. #phillies

Byrd of course was a guy who couldn’t even get a deal last season, being forced to sign a minor league deal just for the opportunity to play professional baseball.

The 36-year-old split time between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates last season, hitting .291 with 24 home runs and 88 RBI in 532 at-bat’s.

It’s definitely a pricey addition, though, Byrd wasn’t lacking suitors though it’s likely he knew he wouldn’t find such a contract elsewhere, thus, quickly jumping on the deal.

Byrd returns to his former stomping grounds on what may be his final Major League contract as it was the Phillies who originally drafted Byrd in 1999.

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