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.