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As I noted last night, sources have suggested that the Chicago Cubs are intent on keeping center fielder Marlon Byrd through today’s trade deadline, despite pings from other teams desperate for outfield help (most notably the Braves).

A productive, healthy, good teammate, Byrd could help a contender down the stretch, and, because he’s signed for $6.5 million next year, he could help in 2012 as well.

So, it’s no wonder that Jon Heyman says, if the Cubs traded Byrd, he “mighta brought a haul.”

Apply your palm gently – or roughly – to your face, and ponder what might have been if the Cubs weren’t seemingly constrained by a lame duck GM who refuses to make moves designed to better the team over the long haul in favor of short term salvos.

Of course, it’s not too late. The trade deadline is still some six and a half hours away. But is anyone listening?

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