Red Sox Acquire Marlon Byrd From Cubs

Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd confirmed that he has been traded to the Red Sox, tweets Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com. The Cubs will receive Michael Bowden and a player to be named later in exchange for Byrd while paying all but roughly $400K of his $6.5MM salary (the prorated minimum), according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com (via Twitter).

The Red Sox designated infielder Nate Spears for assignment to make room for Byrd on the 40-man roster, the club announced. Spears, 26, appeared in four games with Boston this season, including today's loss to the Yankees.

Meanwhile, the player to be named will not be left-hander Andrew Miller, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com

Byrd, 34, has just three singles and one walk in 47 plate appearances this season, resulting in a .070/.149/.070 batting line. He hit .276/.324/.395 in 482 plate appearances last season while missing time with multiple fractures after taking a pitch to the face, an injury that occurred in Fenway Park. Byrd is in the final season of his three-year, $15MM contract and will earn $6.5MM this year. He is not in Chicago's lineup this afternoon.

Ellsbury's subluxed his right shoulder last week and there is still not timetable for his return. Carl Crawford is also on the shelf with wrist and elbow problems, leaving the Red Sox with an outfield of Jason Repko, Ryan Sweeney, Cody Ross, and Darnell McDonald. Byrd has played center field exclusively during his time with the Cubs, though he has experience in all three outfield spots.

Boston has been actively exploring the outfield market following Jacoby Ellsbury's shoulder injury.  The deal will be announced after today's Red Sox game, according to Levine's tweet.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


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101 Comments on "Red Sox Acquire Marlon Byrd From Cubs"


MaineSox
3 years 3 months ago

According to Speier it’s Bowden and a PTBNL for Byrd and most of his contract.

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

 That isn’t awful then.. I still say the PTBNL can be McDonald right here and now…

Cubs pay most of the salary and they had already DFA’d Bowden.. No big loss to see if he is worth anything and can’t be any worse than McDonald and Repco.

MaineSox
3 years 3 months ago

I’m still thinking it’s Bowden and Miller (Miller being on the DL it would make sense for him to be the PTBNL).

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

 Miller would be awesome if for no other reason one of my all time favorite collegiate players would get another chance at the MLB level. Would hope that the Cubs have the patience to work with him so that he doesn’t regress again if he is that PTBNL however.

3 years 3 months ago

I like him too but I am not sure its ever going to happen for him. The Red Sox have been exceedingly patient, and McClure is a legit pitching coach.

3 years 3 months ago

 Am I the only one who thinks it’s hilarious that there’s already another player to be named later between the Cubs and Red Sox?

3 years 3 months ago

lol……can’t stop laughing

crashcameron
3 years 3 months ago

Repco. didn;t they go out of business about the same time as Acme?

3 years 3 months ago

For who??

thesultanofswingandmiss
3 years 3 months ago

Mike Bowden and another guy.

If you learned to read I would not need to tell you this.

Mark
3 years 3 months ago

It better be for bullpen help!

thesultanofswingandmiss
3 years 3 months ago

I don’t think Mike Bowden is “bullpen help!” yet.

Mark
3 years 3 months ago

At this point, I think just about any reliever helps their bullpen

ubercubsfan
3 years 3 months ago

Looks like the Cubs are trying to help the Yankee’s out after all.

Mark
3 years 3 months ago

Yeah, like the Yankees need help!

iheartyourfart
3 years 3 months ago

lol

wickedkevin
3 years 3 months ago

Considering what was given up, good trade.

LioneeR
3 years 3 months ago

Decent trade for the Red Sox.  I would expect him to end up close to his numbers of last year, making him a serviceable CF for the time being.  He would also be one of the better 4th OF options when they get healthy.

Jose_Bautista
3 years 3 months ago

When you’re desperate for Marlon Byrd you know how bad your OF situation is.

 

Lastings
3 years 3 months ago

Better than being desperate for Paul Byrd as OF depth…

crashcameron
3 years 3 months ago

where’s ‘Larry Byrd’ when you need him?

Bulldawwg
3 years 3 months ago

yes, those 3 people do have the same last name…

PWNdroia
3 years 3 months ago

 Except we trade pitching for him, which we need more.  I had high hopes for Bowden as well.

3 years 3 months ago

People make a big deal over every MINOR deal. Like the Sox think Byrd is their 3 batter who will lead them or Bowden enters rotaion and wins CY! lol
Bowden is a mediocre middle reliever on a bad team and Byrd is a serviceable outfielder until everyone else gets healthy.
RELAX

AirmanSD
3 years 3 months ago

 All very well and true. But it seems that given the state of the Red Sox bullpen they need more pitching then hitting. Giving up Bowden isn’t the problem, giving up youngish pitching (25) for a spare part is. Byrd isn’t going to add much to the Red Sox line-up and Bowden might be able to become a useful piece to the pen.

At somepoint Red Sox fans are hoping that the FO notices its the pen and not the offense killing their team. As a Padres fan I am looking forward to see what the Padres might be able to get with some of their relievers.

$6101468
3 years 3 months ago

A new record has been set.  Team with most 4th outfielders posing as starters.  Ben….you get “The Bird.”

Tim Valencia
3 years 3 months ago

 have you not seen the padres?

melonis_rex
3 years 3 months ago

 Byrd is a starting outfielder on most teams.

baseballdude
3 years 3 months ago

The ptbnl could be chris carpenter.

PWNdroia
3 years 3 months ago

Stupid trade.  I’d rather have the pitching.

tomymogo
3 years 3 months ago

Kevin Youkilis, and Jacoby Ellsburry for Martin Prado, and Craig Kimbrel……….Fair or not? or whou would win in that deal?

levendis
3 years 3 months ago

 the Red Sox should throw in adrian gonzalez and john Lester to make that a fair deal

tomymogo
3 years 3 months ago

Yeah because those two are not injury prone and making north of 20 million between the two. And Kimbrel is one of the best closer’s of the game, making league minimun. Youkilis is old anyways.

Do the Red Sox need bullpen help?

3 years 3 months ago

A. ellsbury’s injuries have stemmed from freak accidents
B. youk and ellsbury’s salaries vs kimbrel and prado’s salaries are partly why the braves wouldn’t do that trade

tomymogo
3 years 3 months ago

For Ellsburry…..They might, Chipper is retiring, and Bourn is a FA after this year…… That would free up enough money

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 3 months ago

 “Do the Red Sox need bullpen help?”

Uhhh…*looks at box score* …yep.

tomymogo
3 years 3 months ago

My point is, since ATL has 3 potential closers with Kimbrel(who is the closer), Venters, and Eric O’flaherty, maybe both teams can help each other. 

Ellsburry is a tremendous player no doubt, but so is Kimbrel. Prado is awesome as well.

Ellsburry and Youkilis may be more talented, but considering the glaring need of a closer(since Bailey is out again), and the need to get younger and get some salary relief I actually think this is a fair deal for both sides

MaineSox
3 years 3 months ago

Ellsbury is never getting traded for a relief pitcher.  Never.

3 years 3 months ago

comparing ellsbury with Kimbrel, lol you lost all credibility.

tomymogo
3 years 3 months ago

I never said Kimbrel was better, Ellsburry is an mvp candidate, Kimbrel is a great closer(probably better than Papelbon IMO).

But the Red Sox desperately need relief help, in terms of money and bullpen. You could even sign Roy Oswalt after the trade and move Bard to the setup role. All of the sudden you have a bullpen of Bard, Bailey, and Kimbrel and a solid rotation.

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

 If they had Bailey, the issue would not be like it is.. He is out until August with his thumb surgery…

tomymogo
3 years 3 months ago

But still even if Bailey was healthy, who set’s up? Aceves, Morales, Melancon? I’m sorry but that’s an awful bullpen even with Bailey closing.

It would one of the worst 5 bullpens in MLB and no depth whatsoever.

Tko11
3 years 3 months ago

Roy Oswalt = solid rotation??? 

3 years 3 months ago

 I’m gonna guess this is (and will remain) the only time ‘Martin Prado’ and ‘awesome’ are used in reference to one another. Prado is ok, slightly above average at best.

tomymogo
3 years 3 months ago

I meant good. And can play 3B, 2B, 1B, and LF and that’s awesome

Tko11
3 years 3 months ago

Sorry but position flexibility and an okay bat doesn’t make one “awesome.” What it does mean is that his bat is not good enough for the Braves to designate a position for him. 

3 years 3 months ago

OR his versatility and ability to be an above average starter gives a team a ton of flexibility.  The kind of flexibility that allows you to trade Omar Infante/Mike Dunn for Dan Uggla and move Prado elsewhere.  It also allows you to work around injuries more effectively and gives more double switch options.  League average OPS – .720  Prado’s career OPS – .774, even with a down year where he battled through a staph infection and every other year he was a starter he posted an OPS above .800   So yeah, he’s pretty “awesome” (although .  By your logic, I guess AROD or Chipper’s bats weren’t good enough to designate themselves at one single position for their entire careers.  I know Prado isn’t in their class but I’m saying just because you can move to a different position, especially when you do it for the team, doesn’t necessarily mean your bat isn’t good enough to stick.  That is either very close minded thinking or plain narcissistic ignorance.  It wasn’t like “oh man, your bat isn’t good enough for the MIDDLE INFIELD go play LF?!?”  No, that makes no sense at all.  What does make sense is taking advantage of a good player being able to play multiple positions.  Chipper and AROD had Castilla and Jeter join them as teammates and promptly changed positions.  And it FOR SURE wasn’t because their bats weren’t “good enough for the Braves(or NYY) to designate a position for [them].”  You’d be an idiot to not move Prado to LF if Loria comes along trying to move Uggla for peanuts.

3 years 3 months ago

yeah..

crashcameron
3 years 3 months ago

minimun? isn’t that the mineral that ignites fires?
so then it would be just like the BoSox bullpen

goredsgo
3 years 3 months ago

sox for sure youk is gettin old and kimbrel and prado are in there prime

3 years 3 months ago

Sure. We’ll give up 5 more years of Kimbrel for a year and a half of (a soon-to-be VERY expensive) Ellsbury… Makes perfect sense. And why WOULDN’T we want 2 injury prone Third Basemen on the roster, too? No need for Youkilis… What would they do? Platoon him with Chipper? Don’t think so. If they don’t feel Terdoslavish is ready to take over Third next season it’ll be Prado or Francisco (Ugh… I hope not. Love the power… but cringe every time a ball gets hit to him) until he is/they find someone more permanent. 

Kimbrel, O’Flaherty and Venters are untouchable. No point in even trying unless the first name on the offer is Middlebrooks. 

tomymogo
3 years 3 months ago

Trade Bourn for some quality young relievers, put Ellsburry on CF, and Youkilis in LF which he can play. Then pick up his option and put him on 3B. It’s not really a move that would be good for the future, but for the next 2 years they’d be a world series team

erm016
3 years 3 months ago

We don’t need more arms. We need hitters. IMO. I’d prefer them to sign Bourn for another 3-5 years though.

erm016
3 years 3 months ago

Francisco is doing better I think. Potential is there. Especially for what we gave up for him.

Tko11
3 years 3 months ago

Ellsbury is worth a lot more than a closer. Kimbrel is good but other than Mariano Rivera, not many closers have been consistent over the years. Closers come and go but a centerfielder like Ellsbury is hard to come by, especially if he can come back and play like he did last year…

erm016
3 years 3 months ago

He’s a beast, but too injury prone, IMO. Not sure he’s worth what he’ll get.

Tko11
3 years 3 months ago

I’m tired of explaining to people why Ellsbury being injury prone is a misconception…Hes had two big injuries, the collision with Beltre and the Brignac slide. Other than that he has had three seasons where he played 145+ games(not counting his rookie season). 

erm016
3 years 3 months ago

If we didn’t have Bourn. I’d maybe be ok w/ it. But not for Kimbrel. you can have Johnny V

Karkat
3 years 3 months ago

Can he pitch?

MB923
3 years 3 months ago

MB for MB

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jayrig5
3 years 3 months ago

Nice.  Also, nice use of the third-person perspective.

crashcameron
3 years 3 months ago

do they have middle names that start with L?

MB923
3 years 3 months ago

You’re close

Michael Matthew Bowden
Marlon Jerrard Byrd

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

 I prefer Milton Berle doing a comedy routine after yesterday’s game..

MB923
3 years 3 months ago

If I were you, I would have preferred, if I was a Red Sox fan, that htey would have held on to Bowden. Surely could have used him yesterday.

crashcameron
3 years 3 months ago

Michael Matthew Bowden … wasn’t he that cheezy singer with the stringy hair that all the cougars loved?

MonsterPike
3 years 3 months ago

 Are you Milton Bradley?  ;o)

EarlyMorningBoxscore
3 years 3 months ago

I’d prefer Paul Byrd at this point…

soxin10
3 years 3 months ago

The Red Sox bullpen just gave up 14 run in three innings,  Half our pitching staff has an era over 5, two guys over 24.00, 45.00 respectively, and we trade a 25 year old nothing great reliever plus a ptbnl for a guy hitting .070? really? Massachusetts legislators need to pass an emergency bill preventing The Cubs from trading with the red sox. Theo is killing us.

3 years 3 months ago

I guess the Cubs didn’t want Spears caused they could have just sent him with.

ARod's Ring
3 years 3 months ago

Wanted: Relief Pitchers 
No Experience Needed

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MB923
3 years 3 months ago

lol nice

erm016
3 years 3 months ago

lulz. I’m on my way. I think I can hit 82mph at this stage in my life.

Wainwrights_Curveball
3 years 3 months ago

Haha

ugotrpk3113
3 years 3 months ago

This is really bothering me. What do my fellow Sox fans see in Bowden?? I NEVER got the love. He is the prototypical AAAA player. Nothing more.

MB923
3 years 3 months ago

Honestly, could he have done any worse than some of the other relief pitchers on the team last night?