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Marlon Byrd will lose no money during his PED suspension

Jun 27, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

Marlon Byrd AP AP

While the fact that Marlon Byrd has no current employer means that him missing 50 games is kind of academic, the assumption was that he was at least losing out on 50-games worth of pay given that he’s still under contract for 2012. That assumption is wrong, however. Gordon Wittenmyer:

According to multiple sources, the fact that Byrd had been released by the time his suspension took effect meant the balance on his contract turned into termination pay, creating a ‘‘closed door’’ on his 2012 salary because the contract is already considered paid off.

Put differently, he has no salary anymore and thus nothing that can be docked. As such, Byrd is free to use that money to pay for more sessions with his holistic life coach or whatever else he desires.

  1. icanspeel - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Doesn’t seem fair.. in fact I wonder if the Red Sox have any case to get any money back? Had they known the test was positive they may not have released him and saved a few bucks.

    You can take it a step further and if he knew he’d fail a test, maybe he did his best to get released knowing he wouldn’t lose any money.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Or maybe his release is what drove him to the dark world of PEDs. Sure that’s unlikely, but it’s a nice narrative.

    • windycity0301 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      From my understanding, the Cubs are actually on the hook for the salary, not the Red Sox, so they come out of it like champs. The Cubs on the the other hand….

  2. skeleteeth - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    A rich person stays rich. Shocker.

    • jwbiii - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      As opposed to those paupers, Ricketts and Henry.

  3. jwbiii - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Byrd isn’t actually serving his suspension now, so why should his pay be docked? It’s not like he will have finished serving his suspension sometime in mid-August. He’ll start serving his suspension when/if some team signs him. Given his offensive decline over the last four years and his disastrous season this year, the best he can hope for is an NRI.

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