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:
BREAKING: Free agent OF Marlon Byrd suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.— MLB (@MLB) June 25, 2012
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.
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