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Red Sox release outfielder Marlon Byrd

Jun 12, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox have released Marlon Byrd after designating the veteran outfielder for assignment last week.

Byrd made a nice first impression after the Red Sox got him from the Cubs in a mid-April trade, going 10-for-30 (.333) through eight games. However, he hit .243 with one homer and a .557 OPS in 26 games after May 1 and even with their outfield wrecked by injuries the Red Sox deemed him expendable.

Byrd is making $6.5 million in the final season of a three-year, $15 million contract signed with the Cubs in December of 2009, so it’s not surprising that every team passed on claiming him off waivers. Now he’s a free agent and available for a prorated share of the minimum salary, although he may have to settle for a minor-league deal at age 34.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    I guess the Cubs won this trade.

    • bloodysock - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      In what sense? Only because Bowden is still with the organization in AAA after getting DFA’d and clearing waivers?

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        It’s a joke dude calm down. But yes those reasons would be why.

      • hojo20 - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        Mr. Byrd, is that you?

  2. jeffhink - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    It would be great to see him go to the Phillies so they can all pretend it’s 2002. Too bad they didn’t go for Bobby Abreu when he was released, too.

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