Posted by: Chris | December 31, 2009

Cubs Sign Marlon Byrd

Oh God! WHY??? Didn’t Jim Hendry learn the LAST time he signed a former Texas Ranger who had a career year in his contract year? If this isn’t enough of a reason to fire Hendry, then I don’t know what is.

The Cubs, unfortunetly, signed centerfielder Marlon Byrd to a three year,(yea, THREE years, as if we don’t have enough long term, backloaded contracts on this team.) $15 million dollar deal. The report says that the contract is heavily backloaded as well.

Sure Byrd had a good year, but then again, so did a certsin someone named Milton Bradley before he left Texas, a well-known hitter’s park. Sure the Cubs needed a centerfielder, but for God sakes, signing Johnny Damon would have been better then this.  If the Cubs don’t have THE worst outfield in baseball, please tell me which team does, PLEASE. Soriano, Byrd, and Fukudome. Oh, 2010 will be one special year for Cubs fans.

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  1. I don’t understand why teams continue to backload contracts. It makes no sense. The player is bound to have his best years at the beginning of the deal, not at the end, so however good (or bad) the contract looks now, it will hurt your flexibility in the future.

    (I’m waiting to see how heavily backloaded the Jason Bay contract is…. I’m sure I won’t be a happy camper when I find out.)

  2. Condolences, man. That’s a bummer.

  3. Paul- thats exactly what I say! Why are guys like Soriano, Bradley, Jason Bay, and Marlon Byrd getting piad the most toward the end of their contracts? it just makes them harder to trade when the player starts to decline.

    CC-thanks another rough year for the Cubs. I already have to wait till next year before this year has even started…..


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