It seems Marlon Byrd won’t be flying to the Seattle Mariners after all. He also won’t be flying to Kansas City, Toronto or Tampa Bay most likely.
Earlier on Friday it was reported that the Mariners were interested in adding Byrd as another power bat in their lineup and were scouting the Phillies outfielder. But Byrd himself has revealed that the Mariners are one of four teams listed as forbidden targets in his no-trade clause.
However, Byrd has indicated that it’s not 100% certain that he would invoke his no-trade clause. So a trade to Seattle or one of those other three destinations is still possible.
Trade rumors or no trade rumors, Byrd has said he would like to remain in Philadelphia. He said via CSNPhilly.com:
I don’t want to get traded. I signed a two-year deal here for a reason. The thought process was to retire as a Phillie. At the same time, this is a business and I know how it works. If trading me makes the organization better, I have to go with it.
One of the few bright spots for the dreadful Phillies this year, Byrd is hitting .261/.313/.481 with 18 HR and 52 RBI. He would be a nice addition for the Mariners but he’d obviously have to waive his no-trade for that to happen. For some reason, he’s just not high on Seattle.