The trade for Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd is official and to make room for the newest member of the Red Sox, Nate Spears was optioned to AAA Pawtucket. This doesn’t come as a surprise given Byrd was brought in to help solidify the outfield, something that Spears wasn’t labelled as. That and he was never really given a chance appearing in four games and only four at bats where he went hitless.
Meanwhile, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the player to be named later to go to the Cubs will not be Andrew Miller. The left-handed reliever is rehabbing in the minors and despite the Sox bullpen needing help in the worst way, Miller doesn’t appear to be the answer as he’s battling control issues with 9 walks in 4.1 innings of work.