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Marlon Byrd to sign a three-year deal with the Cubs

Dec 31, 2009, 2:17 PM EST

UPDATE: According to Gordon Wittemyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Byrd deal is backloaded: $3 million this year, $5.5 million in 2011 and $6.5 million in 2012.

I guess that’s because Byrd is gonna get more valuable as time goes on.

12:22 P.M.
: Rosenthal just tweeted that it’s happening. A three year deal, details to be announced later today. UPDATE: It’s $15 million.

Three years. Mercy.

Byrd is 32 years old. He’s an average defensive centerfielder who, if he is not better suited to a corner now, certainly will be by the end of this deal. He has had some recent offensive success, but it was largely a product of playing in the Ballpark in Arlington.
While his overall OPSs for the past three seasons have been 814, 842 and 808, he was 715, 773 and 740 on the road. As our own Matthew Pouliot said a couple of weeks ago, an Alfonso Soriano-Byrd-Kosuke
Fukudome outfield is going to be an awful lot more expensive than it
will be productive.

Happy New Year, Cubs fans.

  1. RichardInDallas - Dec 31, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Bad link, Craig, but no matter. It’s more like a belated Christmas present for Cubs fans. The Rangers faithful (all 5 of us) have a HUGE man crush on Marlon. I’ve even seen Josh Hamilton flap his wings in honor of the ByrdMan after a particularly spectacular play in the field (admittedly, not that much of a rarity with him). He will be missed here in Texas, but we wish him well, because we LIKE him…

  2. Ryan - Dec 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    LOL. Another Texas FA/cast-off that the cubs are signing to a 3 year deal. Same deal, different face, hahaha.

  3. Jon KK - Dec 31, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Marlon Byrd, Carlos Silva and $1 million for Milton Bradley (who’s only 8 mos. younger than Byrd). Not great, but not bad.

  4. N - Dec 31, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    What a horrible short sided deal. I’m just devastated.
    I was one who thought Hendry deserved one more year to fix things, but with this and the Silva deal, that was clearly a mistake. There’s going to be a lot of toxic contracts for the next guy to deal with.

  5. Brandon - Dec 31, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Not a bad deal in terms of money but im not a fan of the 3 years. 2/12mm would have been better. Granderson would have been a good fit. So would have Chone for 2b. The Cubs could have used a leadoff hitter, guess its back to Fukudome for that.

  6. willmose - Dec 31, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    I agree with all the not so kind words about Byrd, but he will probably be the best outfielder in Cub’s lineup if simply lives up to his career averages. Sad, but the Cub OF is a train wreck. Byrd will be cheapest too.

  7. seti2008 - Dec 31, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    The Cubs obviously won’t be playing to win next year.

  8. MarkH - Dec 31, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Heh. I thought you meant Paul Byrd, so when you wrote, “He has had some recent offensive success, but it was largely a product of playing in the Ballpark in Arlington,” I was thinking, why yes, hitters coming up against him have indeed seen a lot of offensive success. It made sense in my head.

  9. MarkG - Dec 31, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    Can’t say I have ever been happier. It’s so great to have all these teams take themselves out of contention by making questionable deals or overspending on free agents. Give a ballplayer a big fat juicy contract and watch at how fast his production goes down. Marlon’s stats don’t look any better than Juan Pierre’s. Probably worse since he has a lot less speed.

  10. Old Gator - Jan 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Ooohhh, what time is it?
    Eleven thirty in the morning already? Christ, my aching head. Craig, what the hell did you put in my egg nog?

  11. Rewski - Jan 1, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Should have just kept Mark DeRosa to begin with…

  12. Steve - Jan 1, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    A recent rumor had Boston sending Ellsbury to the Cubs as part of a three way deal for A-Gon. Perhaps the Cubs got Byrd because San Diego is not willing to deal.

  13. Sven-Erik - Jan 2, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Loose the Cub’s front office and get a farm system that creates good players

  14. DCbase - Jan 2, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    This is risible since Cubs’ fans were decrying the signing of Matt Capps by the Nats! Wow, the irony is rich.

  15. DCbase - Jan 2, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    This is risible since Cubs’ fans were decrying the signing of Matt Capps by the Nats! Wow, the irony is rich.

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