The Boston Red Sox have acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash from the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Michael Bowden and a player to be named later, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com.
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Byrd, 34, is making $6.5 million this season but is off to a dismal start, going 3-for-43 (.070) early on. With outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford on the disabled list, however, the Red Sox need outfielders and have been vocal about trying to find help. Bowden, 25, was selected in the supplemental first round in 2005 by Boston, but has underwhelmed at the major league level, posting a 5.61 ERA in 39 career appearances.