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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