Red Sox Release Marlon Byrd

The Red Sox released Marlon Byrd, Sean McAdam of reports (on Twitter). The team had designated the ACES client for assignment earlier this month to clear a roster spot for Daisuke Matsuzaka.

The Red Sox acquired Byrd from the Cubs for Michael Bowden and Hunter Cervenka in April, but the outfielder hit just .273/.288/.333 in 105 plate appearances in Boston. Byrd, 34, is now a free agent and can sign with any team for a pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum. 

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  1. Michael Brown 3 years ago

    Somebody will pick him up. Still some positive value in his glove as a 4th OFer. 

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      I don’t know, he was already only owed the prorated minimum, and the Sox couldn’t find anyone to take him – that’s why they had to outright release him.

      • BitLocker 3 years ago

         Maybe nobody wanted to trade a prospect.

        • MaineSox 3 years ago

          Every team has org guys and minor league filler they give up in those circumstances.  If a team wasn’t willing to give up something like that, that tells you all you need to know about Byrd’s value.

          My guess is it’s more about him not having options.  Some team may have been willing to take on the money (only ~$200k) and give up a filler guy for him, but didn’t want him on the major league roster.  Now that he’s been released and is a free agent someone can sign him to a minor league contract and have him as depth.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            Ditto.. 3xbh in 100PA, 2BB, played defense as poorly as McDonald. It’s not like they got him to really hit a bunch, but to play a fair defense and hit some and at least show some patience at the plate.

            Sad indeed when you get released before Darnell McDonald.


            Forgot to add this..

            Remember all the Cub fans who were up in arms over Boston not sending anyone of value for this dude? Boston keeping mcDonald over him should explain that and also many other reasons why teams are not looking at anyone currently wearing Cubby Blue, other than Garza and perhaps some NL team Dempster.

          • Shawn Baublitz 3 years ago

            Why give up anything for a guy that will be released? 

            Waste of anything to get a guy you can already pick up. O’s should get him. Better then Chavez

          • MaineSox 3 years ago

            To ensure that you actually get him.  Now that he’s released anyone can sign him, if you worked out a trade for an org filler guy you would be certain to get him, and nobody cares about the 30 year old career minor leaguer in AA you gave up to get him.

  2. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    Good luck Marlon, Thanks for the help for a few weeks! 

  3. slasher016 3 years ago

    Reds go get him!  He’s a better bench bat than they have now!

  4. 55saveslives 3 years ago

    Giants should get him as 4th OF/Bat off the bench.  Nate has dropped off the planet this year.

  5. RedSx799 3 years ago

    Prediction: he signs a minor league deal with the Sox within a week (he wanted to see his options out on the market rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A and if/when he sees he has no such options, he’ll think about it again and given their situation he could get back in the bigs quickly with the way their outfielders keep dropping like flies.

    • ColonelBoston 3 years ago

      Doubt it. Why re-sign w/ the Sox when he’ll just get DFA’d again next month? Ross is about to return, CC will be back next month & Ells shortly after that. 

  6. Chris Smith 3 years ago

    Phillies should be all over this to replace Mayberry.

  7. I didn’t realize till this weekend that Byrd was traded for Endy Chavez back in 2005.
    If I am the Orioles, I would do that again well sort of, release Chavez in favor of Byrd!

  8. yankees should look at him since they may have lost gardner for the year. and lbanez and jones are just not cutting it in the field. who am i kidding, just bring up a kid. lol

  9. Chris Smith 3 years ago

    Phillies will take ibanez back frome 1mi a year

  10. Shoulda been Darnell McDonald.

  11. HHHDMS 3 years ago

    just hit .273 ?? That sounds good to me.

    • NickinIthaca 3 years ago

      Especially since his average before coming over was in the .100’s…

    • Karkat 3 years ago

       It’s more the .288/.333 part that warrants the “just”

  12. $24144853 3 years ago

    Most likely the Phillies will get him. They are taking anything they can get.

  13. drjayphd 3 years ago

    Considering the fate of Byrd and Bowden, is it safe to say that trade amounted to Cherington and Hoyer both trying to reenact Mitch Hedberg’s routine about people passing out flyers?

    • Guest 3 years ago

      I still think the Cubs did better just because they have organizational depth with Bowden.

  14. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

    People claiming him a defensive outfielder must not watch the games I did. He takes the weirdest routes to the ball and made just as many terrible plays as great plays.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

       His 1 st game as recall made a huge blunder in CF and a ball sailed over his head for extra bases.. The 1st of many defensive miscues from his supposed plus defensive abilities.

  15. EarlyMorningBoxscore 3 years ago

    Looks like somebody left the cage door open…and Byrd flew the coop.

  16. Jamespfunk 3 years ago

    I can see the Nats possibly signing him to play CF.  They were rumored to be interested in trading for him in the off-season.

  17. ChefR 3 years ago

    Darnell McDonald must be the son of one of the execs or something. He’s hit .220/.298/.390 the last two seasons for the Sox, and yet he’s still on our roster. He’s got a .182 AVG in 79 PA this year for crying out loud!

  18. Chuck Norris 3 years ago

    Got Nats written all over it. 

    • Alexander_Brovechkin 3 years ago

      Eh, I don’t know about that.  The OF they have now is Lombo, Harper, Morse, Bernadina, Moore, Ankiel, and Nady, plus Werth when he gets healthy and Brown as a possible call-up.  I don’t think they’d waste the money before pursuing internal options.  

  19. chee1rs 3 years ago

    another waste of money

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