Marlon Byrd Trade: Former Cubs Outfielders Released, Suspended Since Trade

After the Chicago Cubs parted ways with OF Marlon Byrd, he has had a miserable two months. He lost his playing, lost his job and is now suspended for 50 games -- if he can find a new employer.

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Marlon Byrd Suspension: Former Cubs Outfielder Suspended 50 Games For Failed Drug Test

Just months after the Chicago Cubs traded him to the Boston Red Sox, OF Marlon Byrd is both out of a job and serving a 50-game suspension:

According to Rotoworld, the 34-year-old outfielder tested positive for Tamoxifen, which suppresses the activity of estrogen and prevents breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. He is a free agent for the moment, but he will have to serve his suspension when -- or if -- he signs with a new team.

Byrd was hitting .210/.234/.245 over 153 plate appearances spread across the Cubs and Red Sox roster. The Cubs sent Byrd to the Red Sox in April for a pair of relievers, both of whom are in the minor leagues presently.

For more news and updates from around the MLB, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer, or dig deeper into the stats at Beyond the Box Score. Also, check out the team blogs Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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Marlon Byrd Trade: Cubs Receive Reliever Hunter Cervanka From Red Sox

The Chicago Cubs completed the final stage of the CF Marlon Byrd trade on Tuesday afternoon, confirming that the Boston Red Sox had sent relief prospect LHP Hunter Cervenka to the Cubs:

The lefty Cervenka has pitched primarily in relief over the past two seasons. In 2012, he sports an unimpressive 8.62 ERA, but he is striking out 1 out of every 3 batters, while walking only 16% -- good for a solid 3.46 FIP.

The acquisition of Cervenka completes the April 21 trade that sent CF Marlon Byrd to Boston in exchange for RP Michael Bowden and a player to be named later.

For more news and updates from around the MLB, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer, or dig deeper into the stats at Beyond the Box Score. Also, check out the team blogs Bleed Cubbie Blue and Viva El Birdos.

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Marlon Byrd Trade: Cubs Send Outfielder To Boston Red Sox

This morning, rumors spread that the Chicago Cubs were close to trading struggling outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Boston Red Sox. After Chicago snapped its six-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds, word came down that the trade is official, at least according to Bruce Levine of ESPN.

Byrd has been off to a horrendous start for Chicago, going 3-for-41 at the plate, good for a .070 average. Byrd also has two RBI and one run scored on the season.

Compensation coming back to the Cubs remains unknown at the time, though Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports said earlier in the day that Michael Bowden -- a product of Waubonsie Valley High School -- could be on his way to Chicago.

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