When the deal was made, I was one of the people that said, "what the hell?" and "he's got 3 hits this season!" but I could see the Red Sox' angle on the trade as well.
Byrd is considered a good defender, which the Red Sox were lacking in their outfield and they probably didn't think he would hit .070 for the rest of the year.
There is also the fact that Michael Bowden had been DFA'd to make room on the roster for another position player, which gave the Red Sox 10 days to make a move.
Since being acquired, Marlon Byrd has 7 hits in 22 at-bats, good for a .318 average. That's more than double what he had in twice as many PA with the Cubs.
Obviously 22 AB is a very small sample but do the Sox even need him to hit .300? I'd say .270 would be more than acceptable as a fill in until Ellsbury or Crawford can get healthy.
Although Bowden had been solid in his short stint with the Sox this year, he has generally been regarded as a bust--making him dispensable to a team in dire need of outfield help.
If the addition of Byrd can provide above average defense and decent offense, the Red Sox will get the better end of the deal.
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