Pittsburgh (AP) — The San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash Thursday from the Cincinnati Reds to boost their injury-plagued outfield for the stretch run.
A day after losing out on second baseman Chase Utley, whom the Philadelphia Phillies traded to the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, the defending World Series champions made their own move to replenish an outfield that has dealt with injuries to all three starters.
San Francisco trailed the Dodgers by two games at the start of the day.
Center fielder Angel Pagan is on the 15-day disabled list with an injured right knee. Left fielder Nori Aoki came off the seven-day concussion list Thursday ahead of the series opener at Pittsburgh but right fielder Hunter Pence went on the DL with a strained left oblique.
“I’m excited,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Marlon is a real pro who knows how to play the game and, most importantly, gives us a much-needed bat. He’s going to be a good addition for us. I talked to him and he’s very excited to be coming here.”
The 37-year-old Byrd hit .237 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs in 96 games with the Reds. The Giants become his seventh team since 2012.
The Giants sent minor league reliever Stephen Johnson to the Reds. The 24-year-old right-hander was 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA in 44 games with Double-A Richmond.