Now that the Cubs' first choice, Mike Cameron, has been signed by the Boston Red Sox, it appears that former Ranger Marlon Byrd is the target of choice for GM Jim Hendry in his ongoing search for a center fielder. The caveat, of course, is that Hendry has to move Milton Bradley before he can add payroll, so signing Byrd is no sure thing. By the time some team agrees to pay even $2 million of the $21 million owed Bradley, Byrd may be gone. Or, if a team like the Rays insist on trading Pat Burrell to the Cubs, they would have to flip him to another team before moving forward with Byrd. Oy vey! Is all this worth the trouble? Saving a couple million to postpone making the needed improvements to a team that looks like a sub-.500 team as currently situated? Well, to new owner Tom Ricketts, ap ...
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