San Francisco, Calif. - The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd plus cash considerations from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Stephen Johnson, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans announced this afternoon.
Byrd, who turns 38 years old on August 30, has batted .237 (85-for-359) with 13 doubles, three triples, 19 home runs and 42 RBI in 96 games for the Reds this season. He has started 92 games, starting 86 in left field, three in center field, two in right field and one as the designated hitter. He ranked third on the team in home runs and fifth in RBI. He missed a brief amount of time this season from June 3-18 with a fractured right wrist, suffered at Philadelphia when he was hit by a Sean O'Sullivan pitch. Since he returned from the disabled list, he's batted .258 (50-for-194) with nine home runs and 17 RBI in 49 games, including a team-high 13-game hitting streak snapped on July 11 at Miami.
The 2010 All-Star pinch-hit last night in what was his 1,500th appearance of his Major League career. Byrd has played 14 seasons in the big leagues with the Phillies (2002-05, 2014), Nationals (2005-06), Rangers (2007-09), Cubs (2010-2012), Red Sox (2012), Mets (2013), Pirates (2013) and Reds (2015). He owns a career .275 batting average (1,463-for-5,317) with 150 home runs and 660 RBI in 1,500 games.
The Georgia native has appeared in the postseason just once in his career, playing for the Pirates in 2013 and batting .364 (8-for-22) with one home run and five RBI in six games.
Byrd will wear uniform number six for the Giants and will be in Pittsburgh tomorrow.
Johnson, 24, has spent the entire season with double-A Richmond, appearing in 44 games and going 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA (22er, 58.0ip) and .214 opponents average against (45-for-210). The 6-foot-4, 200-pound right-hander was drafted by the Giants in the sixth round of the 2012 First-Year Player draft and the 2015 season marked his fourth within the Giants' minor league system.