According to an update from the GM Meetings on FoxSports.com, Marlon Byrd is “likely to be targeted by the Cubs.” The Cubs plan to move Kosuke Fukudome back to right field and find a true centerfielder … once Milton Bradley is traded. Mike Cameron is one of the possible solutions, but the former Brewer is reportedly a back-up plan of a back-up plan at best.
FoxSports.com reported “Free agent Marlon Byrd is certain to draw their interest.” Jim Hendry was rumored to have a lot of interest in Marlon Byrd prior to the 2008 season … and Reed Johnson falling into his lap.
Marlon Byrd turned 32 on August 30 and put together a career-year in Texas. Byrd set career highs in games played (146), doubles (43) and home runs (20) while compiling a .283/.329/.429/.808 line under hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.
Byrd played all three outfield spots in his final year with the Rangers (104 in center, 36 in left and six in right) and is reportedly seeking a multi-year contract.
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