According to reports from Bruce Levine at ESPN Chicago.com and Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs agreed to terms with free agent centerfielder Marlon Byrd on a three-year, $15 million contract.
The Cubs are expected to make an official announcement on Thursday afternoon.
Updated 12:20pm C.S.T. with Details on the signing of Marlon Byrd and other rumors
Updated 1:05pm C.S.T. – According to the Sun-Times, Marlon Byrd’s contract is backloaded. Byrd will earn $3 million in 2010 … $5.5 in 2011 and $6.5 million in 2012. Byrd will hit from fifth to seventh in the Cubs lineup next season.
Update – According to a report from Bruce Levine, Marlon Byrd was in Chicago on Wednesday taking a physical. The three-year deal is believed to be backloaded to give the Cubs more financial flexibility for the upcoming season.
The Cubs were in negotiations with the agents for Rick Ankiel and Scott Podsednik until Wednesday when Byrd reportedly agreed to terms with the Cubs
According to the report from ESPN Chicago, Jim Hendry is looking to add to his bullpen and possibly a fourth outfielder.
Ryan Spilborghs is on the Cubs radar for the outfield … while Jose Contreras and Jason Frasor of the Blue Jays are in the mix for the swingman role.
Stay Tuned …