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Cubs OF Byrd could be headed to Boston

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The Boston Red Sox are in talks with the Chicago Cubs about acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd.

A source told ESPN.com that no deal has been completed between the two teams. Byrd was not in the Cubs lineup on Saturday.

Another source told ESPN.com that a trade was near.

Byrd sent a text message to ESPN.com that he had not been informed of any potential trade.

The Boston Globe also reported that Byrd could be moved to Boston, which is in need of outfield help. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford are already on the disabled list and fellow outfielder Jason Repko is also out after sustaining a slightly separated shoulder during Friday night's game.

"Talks with a team have been good from what I gather," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told ESPN.com in reference to general manager Ben Cherington looking for another outfielder. "Ben will try to get as good a player as he can get. It's difficult when you're looking in April as we are."

Byrd, 35, is just 3 for 43 to start the season.

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