The Reds traded its minor league pitcher of the year, Ben Lively, to the Phillies to obtain 37-year old outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Byrd, in a career-high 154 appearances last season hit .264 with 28 doubles, a career-best 25 HR and 85 RBI. He led the Phillies in HR, extra-base hits (55) and total bases (263) while ranking second among all National League right fielders in HR and RBI.
Byrd was a key acquisition for the Pirates down the stretch in the 2013 season in which the Pirates defeated the Reds in the wild card playoff game.
The 22-year old Lively was a combined 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA for Class A Bakersfield and Class AA Pensacola in 2014.