...I need an explanation. Why in the world did the Reds not put a claim in on Marlon Byrd?
We are in the thick of a division race. One of our two key rivals has a glaring weakness in right field. Byrd is a logical acquisition for them. They end up claiming him, and giving up a decent prospect to get him and John Buck.
But what if we had claimed him? We have a worse record than the Pirates so we would've gotten him. They can then only trade with us, pull him back, or dump his contract on us. Let me note that his remaining contract was about $130K.
I tweeted this to C. Trent and he replied that the Reds did not want to take a chance at being "stuck" with Byrd. WHY? Even if we don't get him, at least the Pirates don't. We tell the Mets: we will either take him free of charge, or give you, like, our 30th best prospect. Your call. What's the downside?!
I assume/hope we will carry at least 14 position players in the playoffs anyway, right? In what world does Marlon Byrd not help us?