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November 13, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Byrd Lands

by R.J. Anderson


PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Signed OF-R Marlon Byrd to a two-year deal worth $16 million, with a vesting/club option. [11/12]

The winter's first polarizing free-agent signing tells us three things: 1) the crazy market forecasts were probably correct; 2) the Phillies are not demolishing their roster; and 3) nobody knows what to make of Byrd.

It's a small sample to be sure, but some near the game predicted the market would erupt in this manner. ESPN.com's Jim Bowden nailed the contract while Jon Heyman polled an agent and general manager who were off by only a million apiece, in each direction; you could chalk it up as dumb luck, except Bowden has an excellent track record at pegging these things. This is not the same market as 2009, when Byrd received a three-year deal for similar performance at a younger age:

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