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Red Sox Sign Paul Byrd Again

Paul Byrd

The Red Sox, reeling from a three-game losing streak and heading into New York down 2.5 games, have re-signed 38-year-old starting pitcher Paul Byrd. He signed a minor league deal, and should be brought up to the majors on Sept. 1.

The Sox traded for Byrd last season, who went 4-2 with a 4.78 ERA in eight starts with the team. He originally retired after last season, but opted to return for one last shot at a title in 2009.

How will Byrd help the Red Sox?

With injuries to Tim Wakefield and Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Red Sox may need Byrd for a spot start down the stretch. He could also be the eventual replacement for John Smoltz, who has struggled for much of the season. Signing Byrd can’t hurt, but there’s also a chance he won’t help the team either. Only time will tell…

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