Outfielder Marlon Byrd returns to Phillies in two-year deal

Nov. 13, 2013 at 12:49 AM

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd has returned to the Philadelphia Phillies under a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Byrd, who broke in with Philadelphia in 2002 and played there for four seasons, inked a deal worth a reported $16 million.

He is coming off a stellar 2013 season, in which he hit .318 over 30 games after being dealt from the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a post-season push.

He went on to go 8-for-22 for Pittsburgh in the National League wild card game and the NL Division Series.

"Marlon adds a significant upgrade both offensively and defensively to our outfield," Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "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."

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