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Marlon Byrd to sign with Philadelphia Phillies, according to multiple reports

Marlon Byrd bats in the second inning of

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It looks like Marlon Byrd will be back in the National League East -- and with his original team.

The outfielder, who revived his career with the Mets and Pirates in 2013, is on the verge of signing a two-year deal with the Phillies, pending a physical, according to multiple reports. The deal will pay Byrd $16 million in total, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. That amount would be...

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To pitch or not to pitch to Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals hits

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have two shots at the one victory they need to win their first postseason series since capturing the World Series in 1979. Considering Carlos Beltran's October theatrics, it would be safe to assume that the Cardinals slugger won't be given a chance to sway the proceedings.

Yet, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle insists his decision isn't quite so clear-cut.


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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals postseason primer

Pittsburgh Pirates' A.J. Burnett throws during practice at

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The Cardinals and Pirates begin their portion of the National League Division Series on Thursday at 5 p.m. Here’s everything you need to know going into the game:


The Pirates and Cardinals play in the NL Central, which means we have a decent sample size of play – 19 games. Pittsburgh took the season series, just barely, 10-9. The Cardinals, however, actually outscored the...

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Pirates vs. Reds: Tale of the tape

When the Pirates and Reds meet at PNC Field Tuesday night for the National League Wild Card Game, it will be the 20th meeting between the two clubs this season.

Here's how each team has fared in the previous 19 head-to-head matchups:   Pirates Reds Wins 11 8 Runs 73 71 Average .242 .231 On-base percentage .321 .320 Slugging percentage .408 .357 Home runs 27 18 Stolen bases 10 9 Caught...

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Yankees may wish they had a do-over on several players

Nick Swisher pumps his fist during batting practice

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The Yankees may want a do-over.

Perhaps a couple of them.

At the end of the 2012 season the team faced decisions on five significant free agents: Nick Swisher, Ichiro Suzuki, Russell Martin, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez.

The Yankees let four walk and retained Suzuki for two years, $13 million.

Let’s be clear: Most of the logic made sense at the time. The Yankees wanted to...

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Vic Black to go to Mets in Marlon Byrd deal

Victor Black is reportedly the player to be

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The Mets have long liked pitcher Vic Black. Now it they're getting a second chance at him.

Black is the player to be named later coming from the Pirates to complete the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade, it was announced Thursday afternoon. The Mets also received second base prospect Dilson Herrera in the deal. For more on Herrera, see our prospect profile.

Black tweeted from his verified...

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A look at Dilson Herrera, the Mets' newest prospect

Marlon Byrd celebrates his first-inning run against the

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The Mets traded Marlon Byrd, John Buck and cash on Tuesday to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league second baseman Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later. So who exactly are the Mets getting in this deal?

Herrera, 19, is a career .281 hitter with a .355 OBP, .455 slugging percentage and 21 home runs in 995 minor league plate appearances spread over three seasons. He was playing for...

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