PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies have signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 million contract, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Tuesday night.

The contract includes a club/vesting option for 2016 and award bonuses.

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“Marlon adds a significant upgrade both offensively and defensively to our outfield,” said Amaro.  “He has been particularly productive against left-handed pitching which was a serious challenge for us this past season.  He is an experienced middle-of-the-order hitter who creates some balance to our lineup.  With his talent and clubhouse presence, we believe Marlon will be a solid addition to our club as we address our needs and plan to contend in 2014 and beyond.”

Byrd played with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013.

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Byrd started his 12-year MLB career with the Phillies in 2002. Byrd has a career average of .280, with a career OPS of .761. He hit .291 with 24 home runs and 88 RBIs in 2013 in 147 games, with an OPS of .847.

Byrd will wear #3.

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