According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are closing in on a deal for Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd, although no deal has been finalized. An industry source told WEEI.com that the Cubs have been actively attempting to trade Byrd, who has started out the 2011 season 3-for-43 (.070) with 10 strikeouts and no extra-base hits. The source also classified the deal with the Red Sox as 'probable' to happen.
The 34-year-old right-handed hitter is in the final year of a three-year, $15 million deal that he signed with the Cubs after hitting .283 with 20 home runs and an .808 OPS for the Rangers. Byrd is scheduled to make $6.5 million in 2012.
Byrd has played almost exclusively in center field for Chicago over the past three seasons. He finished the '11 season hitting .276 with a .719 OPS to go along with nine home runs in 119 games.
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