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 CDTAccording 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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  • Aaron

    this HAS to be for Bowden. He was DFA’d and Theo probably notified Cherington they’d claim him, and Cherington probably said “fine…but we need a CF…pay part of his salary and we’ll call it good” 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    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

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/thomaju01.shtml

     

    • Aaron

       gag me….absolutely worthless pitcher who needs to be added to 40-man….why couldn’t they at least land Bowden?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Aaron, let’s wait until the deal is announced. When I first saw the report, I thought of Bowden as well. Phil Rogers is now reporting Bowden is in the deal.

        • Aaron

          that would make the most sense from both sides IMO

          • Texcubnut

            Getting rid of Byrd is a win win situation. Even for Thomas; he can be released. Brett Jackson, your table is ready!

          • Tony_Hall

            I don’t expect BJAX until mid-June.  

    • Zonk

      Justin Thomas and Bowden are really both just guys.  Pretty much the same level as what we have.  Nothing to get too excited about.  And I doubt the minor league OF will be anything special, either.

      • John_CC

         Right, but no one expected to get anything more in return for Byrd, did they? 

        Addition by subtraction, making room on the starting roster. Campana is probably a lot better than Byrd at this point.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Campana did not have a banner day fielding the ball in CF today.  

  • Zonk

    Interesting.  If Byrd is gone, then I think the Cubs should call up Campana, and play him in CF.  B-Jax is hitting under .250, and needs more seasoning, not to mention the Super-2 status.

    We’re not getting any long-term assets back.  I guess we’ll see how much of Byrd’s salary we pay.

    • Tony_Hall

      Campana is already on the active roster as of today.

      • Zonk

        I see that now……he was called-up when Dempster was DL’ed.  A clear indication this move is done, because Wells will be called up to replace Byrd, no doubt.

    • daverj

      It will be Campana for the next couple months.  No way is Jackson going to be called up until the Cubs are comfortable that Jackson won’t achieve Super 2 status.  

      • BosephHeyden

        I think Campana and DeJesus/Jackson/LaHair would be a nice outfield later on in the season right through to next, until Szcur is ready.

        • Tom U

          Unless Szczur turns things around this season, I don’t expect him in Wrigley until at least September call-ups, 2013.

        • daverj

          Agreed.  By the end of July, Jackson and Rizzo should be up and LaHair should be in LF.  It’s possible Soto will be gone too and replaced with Castillo/Clevenger.

          A line-up like this might not win any more games than the current line-up but it would be more fun to watch:

          DeJesus
          Barney
          Castro
          Rizzo
          LaHair
          Stewart
          Jackson
          Castillo

  • Tom U

    This is probably why Campana hasn’t played the past couple of days for Iowa, and Edgar Gonzalez has started in his place.

  • cubtex

    I wonder how much salary the Cubs will have to eat?

    • Some Guy

      I would imagine most of it if they are to get a decent player or two back. Doesn’t really matter as its a sunk cost anyway.

      • cubtex

        I can’t imagine even if they eat alot of his salary getting anything decent back in return. I will be happy if they get Bowden. He is at least another bullpen arm to add.

        • Some Guy

          I think Bowden is a good chance since he hasn’t been assigned since they DFA’d him last week. I’d be very happy with that.

          Levine on ESPN was saying that a two for one was in the works involving a pitcher and outfielder coming back.

  • Ripken Boy

    Yippee one stiff down three more to go:

    Reed Johnson
    Joyce DeWitt
    Jeff Baker

    Play the kids!!!!!!!!!!

  • John G

    I’m going to miss watching Marlon Byrd sprint around the bases every time he hits a home run.

    Oh Wait!!!

    Nevermind.

  • cubs1967

    if it’s bowden; great job by theo; like the Z trade; much better than I thought.  anyone else; who cares; just get Byrd off the roster………..

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Ken Rosenthal: Source: Byrd deal remains probable. Timing issues remain. Cubs likely to pay most of Byrd’s remaining $6.5M. Bowden in play from Red Sox

  • Some Guy

    Apropos of nothing but when Clevenger starts our staff is 3-0 (assuming current 6-1score stands) with a 0.67 ERA. Also he’s hitting .588.

    • Jimmyb71

      I had high hopes for Soto, but I think it’s clear he’s a flop.  Clevenger brings a much needed bat to the lineup.

  • John_CC

    Another back-loaded, bitter tasting contract to eat. 

    • Tony_Hall

      I just don’t understand why GM’s (who want to be around awhile) wouldn’t try to structure the contracts to pay more in the early and more productive years, and be much less at the end of deals.  I know why they do it, (trying to add players with  what money they have available now) but it does nothing but force a team into a really bad position years later.

      • John_CC

         I’ve been with you on this the whole time. 

        If Byrd was making $3M this year (which he made the first year of the deal) rather than 6.5M, it would be a lot easier to swallow.

        • cubs1967

          you need owners to cooperate with that…….Ricketts has lowered payroll each year so JH just “pushed” the problem down the road……OR just not sign the guy to begin with, but GMs can only spend what the owners says the budget is. (and yes I realize the budget was tight due to JH…..but some of it was Ricketts lowering the # each year).

          • cubtex

            I just said the same thing above. Common sense. If you are operating under a budget that is what you have to do. If you have a 173 million dollar payroll….maybe you don’t need to backload so much

          • Tony_Hall

            Common sense and short term thinking.  

            And yes, If a team is 1 player away from having World Series aspirations, I am all for overspending to get that one difference maker to win now.

          • cubtex

            That is what I am saying. The Cubs won 97 games in 2008. We don’t know what JH was told he could spend or not. You do what you got to do sometimes with the short window you have to win now!

          • Tony_Hall

            Unfortunately, JH never signed any difference makers, just 1 hit wonders.

          • cubtex

            Ted Lilly was a very good sign. Hendry put a very competitive team on the field for quite a few years. You need luck to win the the playoffs.

          • Tony_Hall

            You aren’t calling Lilly a difference maker are you.

            And yes it does take luck in the playoffs.

          • Tony_Hall

            JH’s back-loading was well before Ricketts was around.

            Just stating the facts.

      • cubtex

        Every team that tries to field a winning team does it. Common sense. Let’s see. I have only 10 mil to spend this year but I need to add depth to 3 positions….should I not go for it and save money or should I back load a contract or 2 so I can field the most competitive team to help our ballclub win? Hmmmmmm.

        • Tony_Hall

          But there is more ways to do that than spend the $10M this year and another $20-$30M in the future years.  That is where having a good system that can fill your holes comes into play, versus using the FA market to fill every hole.    

          Overpaying for FA’s isn’t the only way for a team to go for it.

        • Jimmyb

          A lot of teams did that this year.  Miami fans and  a few others, will be sorry in a few years.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marlon Byrd confirmed he has been traded to Boston. Deal will be announced after Boston game.

    I will post once the deal is announced.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From WEEI: Red Sox acquire Marlon Byrd and cash from #Cubs
    for Michael Bowden, player to be named http://tinyurl.com/6tgreux