On New Year's Eve, almost exactly a year after Chicago last signed a free agent outfielder away from the Texas Rangers, the Cubs try again with Marlon Byrd. The Cubs announced Thursday that they have agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with Byrd. Byrd's a nice complimentary player. As Danny Sisto will tell you, he'll play at least above average defense and will hit the ball fairly well. Last year in Texas, he hit 20 home runs and drove in 89 runs. I have no issues with Byrd personally. To the contrary, I think this addition is perhaps the best value signing by Cubs GM Jim Hendry since Mark DeRosa, who many thought was grossly overpaid when the Cubs signed him away from the Rangers also. What I do have a problem with, however, is Hendry's continued lack of an organizational philosophy. ...
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