It's official: Marlon Byrd is a Philadelphia Phillie.
As written earlier, Byrd’s two-year, $16 million contract was contingent on his passing a physical exam (see story), and the club announced Tuesday night the signing is official and the contract includes a club/vesting option for 2016 and award bonuses.
"Marlon adds a significant upgrade both offensively and defensively to our outfield,” Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement released by the team. “He has been particularly productive against left-handed pitching which was a serious challenge for us this past season. He is an experienced middle-of-the-order hitter who creates some balance to our lineup. With his talent and clubhouse presence, we believe Marlon will be a solid addition to our club as we address our needs and plan to contend in 2014 and beyond."
In a career year last season, Byrd hit .291 with 24 homers, 88 RBIs and a .511 slugging percentage (fifth-best in the NL) (see story).
The 36-year-old will wear No. 3.