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The Chicago Cubs are set to sign Marlon Byrd to a three-year, $15 million contract today. He’ll start in center field next year, and then he’ll make us miserable for two additional years. I kid. I hope.

We’ll have an evaluation of the deal tomorrow after the final details come out. It will be a wonderful way to ring in the new year, I can assure you of that. If you’re itching for a preview on my thoughts, here’s what I had to say about the prospect of signing Byrd a few weeks ago.

Also, the over/under on other publications that reference “the Byrd is the word” when reporting this signing: 4.

UPDATE: According to this article, the deal is $3 million for 2010, $5.5 million for 2011, and $6.5 million for 2012. That’s about as backloaded as a deal gets.

  • marc

    booooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • Mike

    Hendry signing a mediocre player to a multi year deal is as predictable as drunk teens getting it on on prom night. Another reason Hendry should be sent packing.

  • Kevin G

    FIRE HENRY HE IS AN IDIOT.

  • DaveB

    I hear the contract is $3 this year, $5.5 the second year and then $7.5 the final year.

    Great work Hendry! Im starting to jump on the fire Hendry train as well, this is getting rediculous. $15 mil for Byrdman???

    • DaveB

      And yes I can do math, I know that comes out to 16 mil instead of 15. Either he got a signing bonus or the numbers are wrong, but obviously it is backloaded so our future payroll can continue to handcuff the team! YEAH

    • Ace

      Please tell me you’re kidding. Where did you see that?

  • Kevin G

    I think I just threw up little

  • juniorbors

    The problem is it is backloaded and Jim Hendry must be loaded. Byrd is a product of Arlington. It seems like everybodys favorite line on this subject is …I hope Im wrong.

  • Rylan

    Seriously, who’s the last player we signed to a big contract that didn’t come to Chicago and suck?

    • Ace

      Ted Lilly is about the best I can think of.

      • Rylan

        That’s pretty disappointing in my opinion.

  • Bo

    Why is Ted Lilly disappointing? He’s had 42 wins in the 3 years he’s been with the Cubs, deserving much more last year. His ERA has been stellar and has been consistent. Also, DeRosa was a fairly big signing, and he turned out very well. DLee and Ramirez also have big contracts signed within the last couple years and they’ve been very productive. Soriano only sucked last year. He was pretty good in his first two Cub years.

    • Rylan

      No, I ment it’s disappointing that out of all our recent signings, he was probably the best. Which means almost every time we sign a free agent, he isn’t worth much.

      • Ace

        The Cubs have had a very poor recent track record with signing free agents (as opposed to locking up their own players, e.g., Lee and Ramirez).

        • Rylan

          …and those two are arguably the best players on this Cubs team. I’m hoping the Byrd can hit consistently this year so we don’t have another Milton Bradley on our hands. I look forward to seeing what this guy can bring to the table.

  • Kevin G

    Why do we need this guy he is not a RBI guy or a leadoff man so why?

    • Rylan

      We signed Byrd because he was the best free-agent center fielder in our market avalible. We could have traded for someone else, but most likely that would require trading Castro, Vitters or Cashner, and obviously there was no center-fielder on the trading block that was worth any of those prospects. Granderson, maybe. But because we didn’t get a deal finalized we lost out on him.

  • Kevin G

    Would have just let Fuld start a than Byrd. At least Fukd could leadoff.

    • Ace

      Hopefully Fuk will lead off.

  • Kevin G

    I said Fulk leadoff not Fuk.lol Sorry about the typo

  • Rylan

    Am I the only one thinking that it would make too much sense to trade for Dan Uggla? He’s cheap, can hit for power, and would fill the ‘hole’ we have at second base. The Marlins are llistening to offers, and I think we should make a run at him.

    • Ace

      The Marlins will be asking quite a bit for Uggla (depending on their payroll), and he’s not going to be cheap: he made well over $5 mill last year in his first year of arbitration. He puts up good offensive numbers, but he’s weak defensively. Baker and Fontenot won’t quite produce as well as Uggla, but they’ll cost a heck of a lot less, and for better or worse, they will be the second baseman next year barring some hugely unforeseen change in circumstances.

  • KB

    Ace, do you by any chance have info on Uggla’s advanced fielding metrics? From what I’ve seen, he’s mediocre (in a Theriot-type way), not a Dunn-type butcher. But I could be wrong.

    2B is a hugely important defensive position, but he’d have to be pretty terrible with the glove to negate his plus-plus (for a 2B) hitting. (he’s averaged 30+ home runs per year in his 4 years in MLB.)

    Thoughts? I hear that Fla. is in no rush to sign him up.

    • Ace

      I know that some potential trade partners (the Braves for one) had indicated they would only want Uggla if he would move off of second base to a corner outfield spot. I took that to support the general comments I’d heard that his defense was below average. If the Cubs are ever attached to Uggla, it would be worth further analyzing the metrics. As things stand, I just don’t think there’s any chance the Cubs even consider it.

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