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Marlon Byrd agrees to a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies

After finishing the season in Pittsburgh, Byrd is set to join New York's rival.

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For a minute there it looked like a reunion between the Mets and outfielder Marlon Byrd was in the works, but today it appears that those hopes have been dashed.

Leave it to Phillies general manger Ruben Amaro Jr. to give the aging outfielder a two-year contract. Byrd rejuvenated his career in 2013 thanks to the Mets signing him on a whim. The 36-year-old somehow managed to hit .291/.336/.511 with New York and Pittsburgh after looking like a washed-up player for the previous two seasons. Philadelphia's commitment is a bet on Byrd continuing to play like a starting outfielder in 2014 and beyond, which is likely a wager that Sandy Alderson wasn't willing to make.

Byrd's move to Philly will actually be a homecoming of sorts, as the Phils drafted him in he 10th round of the 1999 draft. Byrd spent the first three-and-a-half seasons of his MLB career with the team before being shipped to Washington for another former Met, Endy Chavez, in 2005.

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