Cubs get reliever Bowden from Red Sox for Byrd

The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden and a player to be named from the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations.

Bowden, 25, began the 2012 season on Boston’s Opening Day roster, posting no record and a 3.00 ERA (1 ER/3.0 IP) in two relief appearances before being designated for assignment on April 15. He has a 3.91 ERA (10 ER/23.0 IP) in 16 major league appearances since the start of the 2011 season. Bowden is a 2005 graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Ill.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-hander split the last three seasons between Boston and Triple-A Pawtucket, where he spent the majority of the 2011 season as Pawtucket’s closer. Bowden went 3-3 with 16 saves and a 2.73 ERA (16 ER/52.2 IP) in 41 relief outings in Triple-A last year, striking out 61 and walking only 18 in 52.2 innings. He converted 16-of-17 save chances and limited opponents to a .218 batting average (43-for-197).

Originally selected by the Red Sox in the supplemental round (47th overall) of the 2005 Draft, Bowden has pitched parts of the last five seasons in the majors with the Red Sox, going 2-2 with a 5.61 ERA (37 ER/59.1 IP) in 39 appearances, all but two in relief.

Byrd, 34, is batting .075 (3-for-43) with two RBI in 13 games with the Cubs this season, his third since signing a three-year contract with the club prior to the 2010 campaign. Byrd was named a National League All-Star in his first season with the Cubs, batting .293 (170-for-580) in 152 games in 2010. He hit .276 (123-for-446) in 119 games with the Cubs last year.

4 Comments

good deal everyone, miss byrd ,but opens spot 4 campano or brenet,you cant get enough pitching

I just can’t tune into the “strategy” of the Cubs’ trades the past year or so. We get rid of proven performers like Ramirez, Pena, DeRosa etc etc etc and pick up minor leaguers at best with “potential” (rarely ever realized in our clubhouse) and, well, our late-last-season, off-season trades and now in-season trade of Byrd have congealed he lousy record thus far into the season.

Hopefully this Bowden doesn’t have his arm falling off or in need of Tommy John surgery, but I then tell myself this is not Jim Hendry making this deal. These are real baseball people who know what they are doing. Sorry to see Byrd go, but I wish him well in Boston. On a different note, sameo sameo as far as managers, Dale Sveum said the team is nor hitting due to the cold weather. Dale, what happened in Miami on the past road trip, it was warm in Miami and the team STILL DID NOT HIT!!!!!!!!! so stop the B.S. and stop thinking Cubs fans are stupid.

Ya ,I think this guys pretty good <Ill see what Baseball America says. Yes Byrd was good but this gives a spot to Campana who can fly.

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