The Giants have needed an outfielder for some time and on Thursday, they got one.
San Francisco announced the acquisition of Marlon Byrd from the Cincinnati Reds, obtaining the outfield help they so desperately needed since the trade deadline. The Giants also acquired cash considerations to help pay Byrd’s contract.
In return, the Reds received Double-A right-hander Stephen Johnson.
The soon-to-be 38-year-old will be joining his ninth Major League organization of his 14 year career. With the deal, Byrd has endured his third trade since 2013, going from the Mets to the Pirates, the Phillies to the Reds, and now the Reds to Giants.
The Giants have had a plethora of injuries in the outfield this year, seeing all three of their starting outfielders go down to injuries at one time or another. The team currently has right fielder Hunter Pence and center fielder Angel Pagan on the DL with oblique and knee injuries, respectively.
Byrd will only be a two month rental for San Francisco, as they hope he will help them make a playoff push. He is in the final year of a two-year, $16 million deal signed with Philadelphia prior to 2014. While he does have a vesting option for 2016, he is unlikely to reach the plate appearance milestone he needs to get it.
On the season, Byrd is hitting .237/.286/.448/.735 (98 OPS+) with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs in 388 plate appearances.