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Paul Byrd?


MLB Trade Rumors mentioned that Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Indians should trade Paul Byrd and that the Brewers, Braves and Astros would likely show interest. Anyone else see anything about Byrd? And what do you think? I guess it all depends on what we'd need to give up.

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While I would have liked a FA Byrd signing a few years ago when he was available, it only makes sense to me now if they want to move villy back to the pen (the motivation being to use villy to improve the pen rather than getting byrd to replace a starter). Byrd is fine, but he's not much of an upgrade.
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This came up in the Crabbe thread earlier this week. Byrd is a decent option as a stop-gap, but at age 37, he's not the type of player that you can acquire and hope to keep on your team for a few more years (e.g. the Cordero trade).

 

About the only way that I can see Byrd in a Brewers uniform this year would be if one more of our starters goes on the DL (or if DM flat-out gives up on Bush or Villy as a starter).

 

Unless the team goes into fire sale mode, I doubt they'll move for any player who they wouldn't be willing to sign to a 3+ year extension (or control for at least that long). I'd rather give up a prospect or two and get Sabathia (with a Suppan-sized contract extension) than trade for a guy who could conceivably retire before next season. I'm not sure C.C. is 'the guy' to go out and get, or even necessarily worth that price, so much as saying that I'd rather have someone like that than someone like Byrd.

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