Phillies not about to let Marlon Byrd hit open market

When a hot commodity like a 36-year-old outfielder in the wake of an anomalic breakout season unlikely to be repeated hits the market, you've got to act fast - especially if you're looking for a full-time corner outfielder.

We'll never know how many teams lined up at Byrd's door, fixing their ties, quietly rehearsing their pitches before he answered their frantic knocks. But we'll always know who got their first.

And when the Phillies are surprise contenders in July because Marlon Byrd is right-handed, we'll all be dancing in the streets. Ruben Amaro proves that old baseball mantra right - It doesn't matter who is on your team; it matters how fast you acquired them.