Byrd Dealt To Boston

Northsiders Report Publisher
Posted Apr 21, 2012

The Chicago Cubs traded veteran centerfielder Marlon Byrd to Boston for 25-year-old right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden.

The Chicago Cubs traded veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for 25-year-old right-hander Michael Bowden and a player to be named later. The Cubs also sent the Red Sox cash consideration.

Byrd, 34, has started the season in sluggish fashion, posting a .075 batting average (3-43) in 13 games. Tony Campana, who was recalled from Triple-A Iowa today, will help take Byrd's role in centerfield.

Bowden, a supplemental round selection (47th overall) by Boston, is a native of Winfield, Ill., and attended Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Ill. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound pitcher spent the last three seasons moving between Boston and Triple-A Pawtucket, where he played the majority of the 2011 season.

This is the second transaction between the Cubs and Red Sox since Theo Epsetin, Boston's former general manager, became Chicago's president of baseball operations. In March, the Cubs moved Chris Carpenter and a player to be named later to Boston as compensation for Epstein's departure.

Chris Emma has covered college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports since 2009. He covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs.
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