The trade that sent Marlon Byrd from the Phillies to the Reds could be viewed by the outside world as a step into the nether regions of the NL Central. Don’t expect that to come from the mouth of Byrd himself.
“I’m coming to a team that’s ready to win and I get to hit in THIS lineup,” said the 37-year-old 14-year veteran. “And I love it in the NL Central, a great division. And the Reds have amazing fans. There are positives all around,” Byrd told Fox Sports.
“We have two through seven capable of hitting 30 home runs, each guy,” he said. ” (Brandon) Phillips has done it, (Joey) Votto has done it, Jay Bruce has done it, Todd Frazier was at 29 last year, I’ve hit 25, (Devin) Mesoraco got 25 last year.”