Marlon Byrd LF/RF CIN 7 hours ago

Byrd is not in the lineup Sunday against the Braves, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Byrd had made 11 straight starts in left field for the Reds, so it was likely time for the 37-year-old veteran to get a regular day off. Despite logging his third home run in Saturday's matchup, the right-hander has posted just a .529 OPS through his first 83 at-bats of 2015.

Marlon Byrd LF/RF CIN 5 days ago

Byrd hit his second homer of the season in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

Both of Byrd's homers have come against the Brewers' Kyle Lohse. Against everyone else he has just two extra-base hits this month, somehow providing the Reds even less offense from left field than they got last season. That's likely to change, but one of the reasons why they've hovered around .500.

Marlon Byrd LF/RF CIN 1 week ago

Byrd provided the whole of the Reds' scoring Thursday in a loss to Milwaukee, going 1-for-3 with a two-run homer.

It was his first homer of the year, as Byrd's been mired in a deep season-opening slump. Even after Thursday, he's hitting a miserable .125 and has struck out 18 times in 55 at-bats without drawing a walk.

Marlon Byrd LF/RF CIN 2 weeks ago

Byrd is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Byrd will be replaced by Skip Schumaker after going 1-for-8 with three strikeouts over the first two games of the series, dropping his season line to a pathetic .143/.143/.167. Schumaker doesn't represent a viable everyday alternative to Byrd, but Brennan Boesch, who has shown a little more pop in his bat over his career, could push for further at-bats if Byrd fails to break out of his slump sooner or later.

Marlon Byrd LF/RF CIN 2 weeks ago

Byrd went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

The Reds had hoped that they would get some approximation of what Byrd has done the last two seasons, but so far he's been awful, hitting only .132/.132/.158. So far he's been no improvement over the man he replaced, Ryan Ludwick.

Marlon Byrd LF/RF CIN 3 weeks ago

Byrd is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.

Byrd had started the first five games of the season for manager Bryan Price, but will take a seat Sunday with hard-throwing right-hander Carlos Martinez on the bump for the Cardinals. Brennan Boesch will draw the start in left field in Byrd's stead, but look for the veteran to return to the lineup when the Reds open a three-game series against the Cubs on Monday.

Marlon Byrd LF/RF CIN 4 weeks ago

Byrd hit fifth in the opener on Monday against lefty Francisco Liriano, but will drop to sixth Wednesday against righty Gerrit Cole.

He and Jay Bruce will flip-flop spots depending on whether a right-hander or left-hander is on the mound.

Marlon Byrd LF/RF CIN 1 month ago

Byrd is hitting .417 this spring, but said he isn't yet where he wants to be. "Not yet. I need to start driving the ball to right-center field and start seeing more sliders and more curveballs," Byrd said. "When I'm able to stay over the middle of the field consistently, I'll be good."

Byrd will likely hit fifth or sixth in the Reds lineup, depending on what the team decides to do with Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. If Phillips hits towards the top of the order, he could drop to as low as seventh.

Marlon Byrd LF/RF CIN 4 months ago

Byrd will likely bat sixth for the Reds, the Cincinnati Enquirer surmises.

The Reds received $4 million in the deal along with Byrd in exchange for Ben Lively. Byrd isn't much of an on-base guy, but even getting league-average power would be a quantum leap over what the Reds received in left field in 2013, and there wasn't much available on the free agent market that would have been better.

Marlon Byrd LF/RF CIN 4 months ago

Byrd will be dealt to the Reds, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

The trade, which is expected to be formally announced later in the day Wednesday, will reportedly send right-hander Ben Lively to the Phillies, along with other players yet to be named. Philadelphia is also expected to send a significant amount of cash to Cincinnati as part of the deal. Byrd, 37, hit .264/.312/.445 with 25 home runs and 85 RBI last season.