The Reds have been connected in trade rumors today to outfielders Marlon Byrd (Phillies) and Alex Rios (Rangers). Presumably, either would play LF for the Reds. Here are averages of two slash line “rest of the season” projections and their current defensive runs saved for 2014, plus those stats for Ryan Ludwick:
Byrd: .262/.317/.437, +6 DRS (right field)
Rios: .278/.315/.423, -4 DRS (right field)
Ludwick: .246/.310/.404, -4 DRS
Rios (turns 34 in February) is making $12.5 million this year, so approximately $4.2 million is left on his 2014 salary. He has a $13.5 million club option for 2015 and a $1 million buyout.
Byrd (turns 37 end of August) is making $8 million this year, so a little under $3 million left for 2014, and he is signed for $8 million next year. He also has a $8 million option for 2016 that vests if he reaches 1,100 PA between 2014 and 2015. If he falls short of that target, it becomes a team option.
Ludwick (turned 36 this month) has a $9 million team option for 2015 with a $4.5 million buyout.
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