The Chicago Cubs took another outfielder from the Texas Rangers today (Thursday) when the club signed Marlon Byrd to a three year 15 million dollar deal. This time, things should be vastly different then the Bradley experiment. In addition to the signing of Byrd, the Cubs also signed ByrdÆs old hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo who is said to have a hand in convincing the club to grab Byrd before itÆs too late. Byrd was ecstatic at the opportunity of becoming a Cub saying quote: ôWhen I knew I had the opportunity to become a Cub, I was really hoping this would be my landing ground.öùCubs.com Byrd hit .283 with 20 HRs and 89 RBIs last year with the Rangers, and while this is a significant upgrade for the Cubs hitting, it also overloads the team with right handed hitters; something that was ...
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