The Cincinnati Reds announced that they have traded Marlon Byrd to the San Francisco Giants for minor league pitcher Stephen Johnson. Hunter Pence was recently placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique, so Byrd will likely get the majority of playing time in right field.
Reds send Marlon Byrd to Giants for RHP Steve Johnson.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 20, 2015
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Giants are getting cash in the deal:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 20, 2015
Byrd, 37, is hitting .237/.286/.448 with a 97 wRC+, and 0.2 fWAR in 388 plate appearances this season. He has about $2 million left on his deal with a vesting option in 2016 worth $8 million. He needs 162 plate appearances this season to vest the option. If he doesn’t then it becomes a club option.
Johnson, 24, has pitched 58 innings in relief for Double-A Richmond this season posting a 3.41 ERA, 3.10 FIP. In 200 minor league innings in relief he’s posted a 3.68 ERA, 237 strikeouts, and 109 walks.