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 Posted: Wed Dec 31st, 2014 11:53 pm
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The Cincinnati Reds have acquired veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com.

An official announcement is expected later Wednesday.

Philadelphia's return wasn't immediately known, although Foxsports.com reported that minor league pitcher Ben Lively is headed to the Phillies as part of the deal.

Byrd, 37, is a career .278 hitter with 131 home runs in 13 seasons with Philadelphia, Texas, the Chicago Cubs, Washington, the New York Mets, Pittsburgh and Boston.

He hit .264 with 25 home runs and 85 RBIs in 154 games with the Phillies last season.

The Reds, who had been in the market for an outfield bat all winter, considered free agents Michael Morse and Norichika Aoki, among others, before consummating a deal for Byrd.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. already has traded away shortstop Jimmy Rollins (Los Angeles Dodgers) and reliever Antonio Bastardo (Pirates) this offseason. He is expected to continue exploring trades for pitcher Cole Hamels, first baseman Ryan Howard and other veteran players in the coming weeks as part of the team's rebuilding process.