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Marlon Byrd | Outfielder | #6

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (39) / 8/30/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 245
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Georgia Perimeter JC
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 10 (0) / PHI
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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the positive PED test that led to Marlon Byrd's 162-game suspension occurred the first week of May.
This was Byrd's second positive test, as he also failed one in 2012. According to Rosenthal, the veteran outfielder did not appeal this latest positive -- rather the lag between the initial test result and the suspension is due to the fact that it took time to process the case. Byrd will be a free agent this winter, but between his age (he turns 39 in August) and the suspension, a resumption of his major league career in 2017 becomes a cloudy proposition. Jun 1 - 9:45 PM

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Vince Grzegorek of Cleveland Scene reports Marlon Byrd has failed a second PED test and will be suspended 162 games by Major League Baseball.

His first failed PED test was back in 2012, when first-time offenders were only suspended 50 games. Byrd is obviously done for the remainder of the 2016 season and could be done with Major League Baseball entirely considering he'll be a 39-year-old free agent this winter and will still have games to serve. 133 of his 159 career homers have come after his 30th birthday. This is the second PED suspension of the year for the Indians, who lost Abraham Almonte for 80 games in February.
Jun 1 - 1:13 PM

Marlon Byrd went 4-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

The Indians had a couple longballs in this one, but unfortunately for them they were pretty meaningless. After the Rangers jumped out to a 9-0 lead after the top of the fourth, Mike Napoli smashed a long solo shot in the sixth and Byrd added a blast to left in the seventh. Byrd will turn 39 in August but has remained pretty productive, hitting .270/.328/.459 with five homers and 19 RBI.
May 30 - 9:01 PM

Marlon Byrd knocked in a season-high three runs in Friday’s 7-6 win over the Twins.

Byrd tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning before putting the Indians ahead with a two-run double in the eighth. The 38-year-old is batting just .243/.301/.392 through 23 games this season, but he could play a bit more if Michael Brantley (shoulder) needs to return to the disabled list
May 14 - 12:29 AM

Marlon Byrd continued his early-season slide, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Wednesday versus the Rays.

The veteran outfielder is now hitting .125/.167/.188 on the year and was actually removed in favor of Tyler Naquin late in Wednesday's contest. It seemed to be a savvy move when Cleveland inked Byrd to a minor-league deal in mid-March -- he's had three-straight 20-plus-homer seasons -- but his early struggles could see him lose playing time once Michael Brantley returns from the disabled list.
Apr 13 - 11:03 PM

Indians purchased the contract of OF Marlon Byrd from Triple-A Columbus.

Lonnie Chisenhall has a forearm injury, Michael Brantley is recovering from shoulder surgery, and Abraham Almonte got hit with an 80-game PED suspension last month. Which means Byrd not only made the major league squad but could also see regular starts in the corner outfield through much of April and May. He signed a minor league contract with Cleveland on March 17 after batting .247/.290/.453 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI in 135 games last season between Cincinnati and San Francisco.
Mar 28 - 1:02 PM

Marlon Byrd will make his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Mariners.

He'll serve as the DH. It's a pretty quick turnaround for Byrd, who wasn't officially signed until Friday. Byrd could be close to an everyday player early in the year while Michael Brantley recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. Long-term, he'll probably settle into a platoon with Lonnie Chisenhall in right field.
Mar 19 - 9:08 PM

Indians signed OF Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract.

The deal is pending a physical. The Indians' outfield depth is lacking without Abraham Almonte (PED suspension) and Michael Brantley (shoulder rehab) and Byrd should be a nice fit at hitter-friendly Progressive Field. The 38-year-old bashed 23 homers last year for Cincinnati and San Francisco but only batted .247 with 145 strikeouts. He hits lefties well and could platoon with Lonnie Chisenhall in right field.
Mar 17 - 12:20 PM

Giants declined OF Marlon Byrd's $8 million club option for the 2016 season.

As anticipated. Byrd batted just .247 with a .290 on-base percentage in 544 plate appearances this past season between the Reds and Giants, and he was benched down the stretch by San Francisco management so that the $8 million option wouldn't automatically vest. Byrd does still have some power, but he'll turn 39 years old late next summer. It could be a while before he signs this winter.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 08:50:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Giants will decline Marlon Byrd's $8 million option for 2016.

It's no surprise, as they benched Byrd a few times during the final days of the season and he wound up falling just six plate appearances shy of the option vesting. While Byrd may no longer be a fit with the Giants, he's sure to receive interest elsewhere despite being 38 after slugging 23 home runs in 2015.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 01:00:00 PM

Marlon Byrd's $8 million option for 2016 isn't likely to vest.

Byrd's option automatically vests if he reaches 550 plate appearances this year, but the Giants have said they want to see what Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson can do in the final few games of 2015. It doesn't hurt that Byrd is 15 plate appearances away from having his option vest. The Giants have said they would be interested in a reunion with the 38-year-old even if it isn't a forced one. He'll likely have a few suitors on the open market this winter.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 08:06:00 PM

Marlon Byrd finished 2-for-4 with a double, triple, run scored and an RBI in Wednesday's win against the Reds.

Byrd hasn't homered since August 28, but he has multi-hit games in six of his last 10 and has an RBI in five of six. Byrd's as streaky as they come, so play him while he's hot.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 01:35:00 AM

Marlon Byrd went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI against the Padres on Saturday.

Byrd also walked, so he reached base four times for the second game in a row. That's quite a feat for a guy who had a .291 OBP just two days ago. Byrd is hitting .325 with 22 RBI in 21 games since joining the Giants.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 11:52:00 PM

Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

The double was Byrd's 19th of the season. The veteran outfielder is hitting a dependably veteran-like .244/.291/.457 with 22 homers and 60 RBI between the Reds and Giants this season. He set a career-high with 25 homers while playing for the Phillies in 2014. We'll see if he can hit four more bombs over the next three weeks to topple that mark.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 12:46:00 AM

Marlon Byrd is not in the Giants lineup Saturday against the Rockies.

It's Byrd's first day off since joining the club on August 21. Gregor Blanco will make a rare start in right field and bat second. Eight of Byrd's 22 homers have come since the All-Star break.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 06:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Francisco Mejia
4Guillermo Quiroz
5Erik Kratz
1B1Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Erik Gonzalez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Daniel Robertson
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Mike Clevinger
7Edwin Escobar
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Kyle Crockett
7Edwin Escobar
8Joseph Colon
9Cody Anderson
10Adam Plutko
11Shawn Armstrong
12Austin Adams
13Perci Garner
14Hoby Milner