UPDATE: The Mariners' interest in outfield help goes beyond the Rays' Ben Zobrist, as they have also been in talks with Minnesota about Josh Willingham, as well the White Sox regarding Dayan Viciedo, with Nick Franklin's name coming up as a return for any deal. Marlon Byrd (and his four-team no-trade clause that includes Seattle) has been put on somewhat of a back burner, with a league source telling CBS Sports' Jon Heyman that a trade between the Phillies and Mariners involving Byrd is "less than likely."
Marlon Byrd, one of the Phillies' top trade pieces as the July trade deadline approaches, is not immediately on his way out of town.
Reports had surfaced that the 36-year-old outfielder - currently hitting .263/.315/.479 and attached to a two-year, $16 million contract - had gotten the attention of the Mariners. Seattle has remained in the hunt in the AL West, and is now searching for offense to surround Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager.
The Phillies have Byrd, as well as elite starting pitching to offer in Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, both of which could be of use to Seattle. Rumors that the two teams were talking sparked various theories, but the Mariners' new discussions with the Rays about David Price and Ben Zobrist seem to now indicate otherwise.
FOX Sports' Jon Morosi confirms that the shift from Philly to Tampa indicates that talks have "stalled" between the Mariners and Phillies.