Will Byrd take flight?

Paul Byrd might be pitching himself off the Indians.

The Indians, who have already dealt staff ace CC Sabathia and infielder Casey Blake, have long been willing to listen to offers for the 37-year-old Byrd, but finding a taker hasn’t been easy. Byrd, who is in the final year of a three-year contract with the Tribe, has struggled mightily this season, serving up an AL-leading 23 home runs.

Byrd, though, put up his third straight quality start Monday night in an outstanding outing against the Tigers, who managed just four hits and three walks off him in 7 2/3 scoreless innings. Contending teams in need of a back-end starter for the stretch run might find value in Byrd, who is a tremendous asset to the clubhouse and a proven playoff performer.

Byrd improved to 5-10 with a 4.93 ERA on Monday. The surging Rockies are one team believed to have some interest in him.

Even if Byrd isn’t dealt before Thursday’s non-waiver deadline, he could be a candidate to be traded in August.


I just don’t see how Colorado could want Byrd. I would think that a team with a big ballpark would go after him, but of all places, Colorado seems to make about the least amount of sense for a fly ball pitcher who I believe leads the league in home runs given up. I mean, I hope he really has turned a corner on this season, and he sure looked sharp tonight, but he is still a fly ball/ pitch to contact guy, and that doesn’t seem like a good fit for Colorado, but I guess we will find out…

I agree Christopher. The other problem is that breaking ball pitchers don’t typically do well in the mountains either. I suspect either he’ll stay or go somewhere else.

Buster Olney suggested a team like the Mets, who could benefit from a veteran at the back of their rotation.

Maybe playing in NY (albeit for the Mets) will finally impress Byrdie’s kid!

If he leaves here tomorrow…..

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