Phillies Grade the Trade: Ruben Amaro’s Top Five Trades

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May 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Marlon Byrd (9) shown in the dugout during the game against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Reds 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Marlon Byrd (9) shown in the dugout during the game against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Reds 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Bye bye Byrd-y

Similar to the Papelbon trade, the Phillies were able to move a veteran player on the decline with no future in the city.

Re-signing Marlon Byrd in the first place may be among Amaro’s worst moves, but the trade made up for his ineptitude. Ben Lively was nearly perfect in Reading this year, finishing with a 1.87 ERA in nine starts. He earned a promotion to Lehigh Valley, where he was just as impressive.

In 19 starts for the Iron Pigs, Lively had a 3.06 ERA, and was named one of the Phillies top prospects in 2016. He will compete for a job in the Phillies starting rotation in 2017, but will most likely start in Triple-A and arrive in September.

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