Report: Cubs Close on a Deal to Send Marlon Byrd to Red Sox

According to a report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are closing in on a deal to acquire Marlon Byrd from the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs placed Ryan Dempster on the 15-day DL Saturday morning and recalled Tony Campana from Triple-A Iowa. In order to have Randy Wells start Sunday, the Cubs would have to make another roster move to free a spot for Wells.

Updated 11:22am CDT – According to Bruce Levine (ESPN 1000), the trade is in the process of being finalized. According to Levine, the Cubs could receive a left-handed reliever, likely Justin Thomas, and a minor league outfielder.

Updated 11:45am CDT – According to Phil Rogers, the Cubs could receive Michael Bowden in the deal for Marlon Byrd.

Marlon Byrd is off to a miserable start to the season and is hitting just .070/.149/.070/.219 in 13 games without an extra basehit. Byrd is being paid $6.5 million this year and is not in Saturday’s lineup.

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