MIAMI -- Marlon Byrd, who was designated for assignment last week by the Red Sox, was released by the team Tuesday.
Byrd had been obtained from the Cubs in exchange for pitchers Michael Bowden and Hunter Cervenka on April 21, a week after the team lost Jacoby Ellsbury to the disabled list and didn't have enough major league-capable outfielders.
In 34 games, Byrd hit a respectable .270, but showed virtually no power, accumulating just three extra-base hits (two doubles and a home run) in 106 plate appearances. He also drew just two walks, resulting in a paltry .286 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of just .320.
Worse, Byrd's instincts seemed to have deserted him in the field, where he too often broke the wrong way on balls.
The Sox designated him last Friday to make room for the activation of Daisuke Matsuzaka.
They had 10 days to release him or trade him. The Sox took on only the pro-rated portion of the minimum salary, with the Cubs being responsible for the remainder of his 6.5 million salary.
The Red Sox on Tuesday named Eddie Romero senior vice president and assistant general manager. In a press release announcing the move, the team stated it will not fill the position of general manager for the time being.
Romero’s promotion comes following the departure of general manager Mike Hazen, who left this month to become Arizona’ GM. Hazel brought Amiel Sawdaye, who had served as Boston’s vice president of international and amateur scouting, with him to the Diamondbacks, with Sawdaye serving as an assistant GM for Arizona.
The 37-year-old Romero is the son of former Red Sox infielder Ed Romero Rr. Romero served last season as Boston’s vice president of international scouting, overseeing amateur scouting in Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.
Romero is in his 11th season with the Red Sox, having previously worked in international and professional scouting for the team and becoming Boston’s director of international scouting in 2012.
The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.
Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.
The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".
The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.