The Philadelphia Phillies will sign Marlon Byrd, according to CBS Philly. The Mike and Ike Show is reporting the signing through a source, although no terms of the deal have been announced. The Pirates were expected to pursue Byrd this off-season, as they have a hole in right field. Ken Rosenthal says it's a two-year deal, which might have been prohibitive for the Pirates. They've got top prospect Gregory Polanco, who could arrive in the second half of the 2014 season. Even if he doesn't arrive in 2014, he should be ready in 2015, and a two-year deal would block him.
The Pirates still have right field as a need, although they could go with internal options until Polanco is ready. Andrew Lambo hit 33 home runs last year between the top two levels of the minors and the majors, while Jose ...
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