Byrd Flu: True to Form, Chicago Cubs Overpay for Free Agent Outfielder

Posted: 1st January 2010 by Matt Trueblood in MLB
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Throughout history, birds have been symbols. In the Bible story of Noah and the ark, a dove heralds the first sighting of dry land after the long flood. Even before Edgar Allen Poe forever linked the raven to all things macabre, it stood as a foreboding sign. Eagles represent freedom, doves symbolize peace, hawks typify tenacity, and cranes embody grace. Unfortunately, a Byrd of a different feather is soon to fly into Chicago's Wrigley Field. Erstwhile Texas Rangers center fielder Marlon Byrd agreed Thursday to a three-year, $15 million contract with the Chicago Cubs. He will fill the team's center field void, created when it traded outfielder Milton Bradley and pledged to move 2008 right fielder Kosuke Fukudome back to that position in 2010. Byrd is a respectable player. At age 31, he got ...

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