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Byrd And Bell Leave The Pirates

November 12, 2013

Outfielder Marlon Byrd has left the Pittsburgh Pirates, signing a two-year free agent contract said to be worth $16 million with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 36 year-old Byrd started his career with Philadelphia and spent parts of the first four years of his 12-year Major League stint with the Phillies.  He has also played for the Mets, Red Sox, Cubs, Nationals and Rangers.  Byrd is a .280 career hitter.

In 2013, with the Mets and the Pirates, Byrd hit a combined .291 with a career-high 24 home runs and 88 RBI’s.  He drove home five runs in six games in the Pirates’ first postseason run in 21 years.

The Pirates also announced Tuesday that Jay Bell, a former Pittsburgh shortstop, has moved on after spending one year as the Bucs’ hitting coach, and has signed a contract to become bench coach for the Cincinnati Reds.

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