Report: Cubs close to dealing Byrd

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Report: Cubs close to dealing Byrd

Via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Theo Epstein may be close to a trade with his former franchise:

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Nick CafardoSource:Red Sox closing in on deal for Cubs OF Marlon Byrd.
Apr 21 via Twitter for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet Reply
Byrd may be off to a poor start -- he's just 343 with three walks and no extra-base hits (an .070.149.070 line) -- but with the Red Sox in desperate need of an outfielder to fill in for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury, a deal for Byrd makes a lot of sense. The 34-year-old's early-season numbers aren't indicative of his talent, although his OPS has fallen in each of the last three seasons.

Dale Sveum said Friday that Byrd would stay in the Cubs' lineup, noting that his defense has been good and his swing was starting to come around:

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

LOS ANGELES – The Cubs drafted and developed Ian Happ with the idea of turning him into a Ben Zobrist-type player who would move quickly through the farm system and surface as a versatile big-league contributor and/or legitimate trade chip.

With Zobrist sidelined because of a sore left wrist, the Cubs got their first look at Happ playing second base in The Show during Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium. That kind of depth – plugging in a 2015 first-round pick while a World Series MVP rests – should ultimately propel the Cubs over the course of a 162-game season.

Even as the Cubs stutter-step through a 25-23 start, there are enough choices for the best defensive second baseman on the team and a National League Championship Series co-MVP (Javier Baez) to sit on the bench.

“We know that the talent’s there,” Zobrist said. “It’s not like having any one or two guys out of the lineup is a big drop-off for us because of the talent that’s there. And we know that just because we have a lot of young players doesn’t mean that they’re not extremely capable of doing the job as well.”

Zobrist – who’s reached base in 23 straight games and emerged as a new leadoff option with Kyle Schwarber struggling – felt something on an awkward swing in the first inning of Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Dodgers. Zobrist played through it that night and called it a “day-to-day thing” that didn’t require an MRI.

[MORE: Is Joe Maddon turning Kyle Schwarber into a platoon player?

Facing Clayton Kershaw on Sunday after back-to-back shutouts will be a game-time decision.

“It’s tough,” Zobrist said. “We just haven’t strung together enough quality at-bats to score runs the last two games. It’s not just because of us. They’ve pitched well. Their pitchers are pretty hot right now. They’ve spotted up. They’ve gotten early strikes where they needed to and then gone to work pretty well on us.

“The task doesn’t get any easier tomorrow with Kershaw. We just got to keep trying to chip away.”

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