The rumor mill has been consistent, to say the least, this season for the Boston Red Sox. This time, however, the talk is about their potential acquisition of Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd. Talks have reportedly heated up between the Red Sox and their former general manager, Theo Epstein. Some feel that Byrd could end up in a Red Sox uniform before the end of the weekend.
Boston has been bitten by the injry bug early in 2012. Before the season even started, the club was aware they were going to be without the services of Carl Crawford for quite some time, due to offseason wrist surgery. Then, he strained his elbow last week. With that being said, Crawford is progressing well while participating in extended spring training games in Florida, but is still weeks away from a return to the big league lineup. He will return to Boston in the next week to have his elbow examined so as to determine whether or not he can begin taking reps in the field.
Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been placed on the disabled list with a partially dislocated right shoulder. He will return at some point this season, but exactly when that will be is anyone’s guess.
The absence of Crawford and Ellsbury has forced Boston to go with a makeshift outfield that consists of the likes of Ryan Sweeney, Cody Ross, Jason Repko and Darnell McDonald. Their absence is also the impetus behind the desperation move to possibly bring in Byrd.
Byrd is currently hitting .070 on the season with 3 hits, 0 homeruns and 2 RBI’s in addition to 10 strikeouts in 43 at bats. That is hardly the type of stat line that should get Red Sox Nation excited about the possibility of bringing Byrd to town. Sox general manager Ben Cherington needs to take a deep breath and really evaluate whether or not he thinks Byrd will be a positive addition to the team, or if Ross, Sweeney and McDonald will suffice until Ellsbury and Crawford are ready for action. Cherington may feel as if the season is starting to slip through the club’s fingertips, between the poor start and the talk of dissension in the locker room, but knee jerk reactions rarely fix anything.