Marlon Byrd of the Chicago Cubs stands on second base and celebrates a win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Opening Day at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 9-5. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Boston Red Sox started Jason Repko in center field their last three games. Think about that. Swirl it around in your mouth a little bit. Taste the subtleties, like a fine wine. Now note that according to Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox are close to acquiring Marlon Byrd from the Chicago Cubs.
Source:Red Sox closing in on deal for Cubs OF Marlon Byrd.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) April 21, 2012
Byrd is in the last season of a three-year, $15 million contract that has worked out well for the Cubs. However the Cubs have prospect Brett Jackson waiting in AAA, so a trade makes sense for both sides.
Byrd is hitting .070 for the season -- don't worry, his on-base percentage is .149 -- but over the last two seasons for the Cubs, he hit.286/.337/.414 (OPS+ 102), so it's probably best not to make too much over the first 43 at-bats of the season.
There's no word yet on what the Cubs will receive in exchange, nor how much, if any, of Byrd's salary the Cubs will pay.