When MLB announced Monday that noted Victor Conte client Marlon Byrd would be suspended for 50 games after he tested positive for taking an estrogen inhibitor, it was reported that Byrd would be docked 50 days' pay, since that's what the rules say. The suspension began immediately, since Byrd is still an active player. But here's the hang up: Byrd was released by the Red Sox on June 12, so he's currently a free agent. Which means he's walked right into a loophole that actually works to his benefit at the expense of the Cubs. Confusing? You bet. But it's true.
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