12/31 Cubs sign Byrd
The Cubs appear to have found their center fielder in Marlon Byrd.
According to a high placed team official, the Cubs have signed Byrd to a three-year contract. A formal announcement was expected later Thursday.
The Cubs wanted to move Kosuke Fukudome to right, which left a hole in center.
Byrd, 32, batted .283 last season with the Texas Rangers and will be reunited with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. The center fielder drove in a personal high 89 runs last season and in three years in Texas has batted .295. He had wanted a long-term deal.
— Carrie Muskat