According to a report from WEEI, the Cubs have traded Marlon Byrd and cash to the Boston Red Sox for RHP Michael Bowden and a player to be named later. The Cubs are expected to pay nearly all of Byrd’s salary according to WEEI’s sources.
Michael Bowden is 2-2 in 39 career big league games, two starts, with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. The 25-year old right hander was a supplemental round pick of the Red Sox in 2005 and was recently designated for assignment.
Updated 8:42pm CDT – According to a report from the Sun-Times, the trade is official. The Cubs sent Marlon Byrd and cash to the Red Sox for RHP Michael Bowden and a PTBNL.
The Cubs will have to make another roster move in order to open a spot on the 25-man roster for Michael Bowden.
Updated 11:58pm CDT – According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs will receive a pitcher as the player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd–Michael Bowden deal. The Cubs and Sox have agreed on a list of pitchers the Cubs will choose from to complete the trade. Jed Hoyer expects to decide on the pitcher sometime next month.
According to reports out of Boston, the Cubs will pay all but $400,000 of the $5.9 million remaining on Byrd’s $6.5 million salary for this season. The trade has not been made official but Marlon Byrd confirmed to Bruce Levine following Saturday’s game that he had been traded to the Boston Red Sox. Byrd is owed $6.5 million this season for the third and final year of the deal Jim Hendry signed him to prior to the 2010 season. The Cubs are expected to pick up a substantial portion of the remaining $6.5 million owed to Byrd this season.
Michael Bowden is out of minor league options but could give the Cubs a much needed arm in the pen. Theo Epstein and Jason McLeod selected him back in the 2005 draft out f Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora.
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