Report: Marlon Byrd lands in Chicago


Via MLBTR, the Cubs have agreed to sign free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd to three freaking year deal. Joe stated his case against Byrd just last night, so it’s good to see this leftfield option come off the board. Three years, really?

Johnny Damon‘s market just got that much smaller.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League


  1. Mike Pop says:

    Jeez man, three years. Loco.

    • Tom Zig says:

      They lost one outfielder with initials MB, so the Cubs had a compelling need to fill that void with another outfielder whose initials are MB.

      That and they love to waste money

    • JobaJr says:


      Cubs deal Milton Bradley, then shoot themselves in the foot again only days later. I love it.

    • Tell me about it, another long term/high dollar deal for a middling Outfielder. Clearly Hendry and the Cubs didn’t learn their lesson with Bradley, granted Byrd isn’t a clubhouse cancer like Bradley so maybe the comparison isn’t apt. Ok, he’s a Gray Mathews Jr…Jr.

  2. Steve H says:

    Thank Mo.

  3. andrew says:

    Well, before we get a dollar value, i wouldn’t call it stupid.

    It probably is stupid, we just don’t know for sure yet.

  4. Doug says:

    I know Byrd is 4 years younger, but little chance that Boras let’s Damon sign for 1 year now.

    Well, unless there are no more idiot GMs left to dole out these outlandish contracts

  5. mryankee says:

    Why is Johnny Damon being stupid. He knows that he will no nearly have the impact in San Francisco or Seattle. Ballparks do not suit him. Just sign with the Yankees already and lets move onto Chapman.

  6. NCpinstripes says:

    3 years for Marlon Byrd. And the Cubs wonder why they haven’t won the WS in over 100 years.

  7. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    The Cubs are trying to have more bad contracts than the Tigers!

  8. mryankee says:

    I am sure Boras is busy trying to get Cashman to take Holliday. However by now I think Damon should fire Boras and take the Yankees offer or he might be sitting this season out.

    • Tom Zig says:

      He’ll get a job somewhere.

      • Mike Pop says:

        The last thing Damon should do is fire Boras.

        • mryankee says:

          Whats the difference at this point how many big contracts is he going to sign? He will be retired within 3-4 years.

        • vin says:

          THIS. If I were a major leaguer, Boras would be my agent. I’d keep my trap shut during my free agency and let Scott take the heat… he’ll gladly play the role of bad guy who is ruining the game.

          • steve s says:

            Damon needs to wake-up and realize that Boras’ outrageous conflict of interest in needing the Yanks as a potential landing spot for Holliday is the reason Damon is not a Yankee today. Once it becomes apparent to Damon that he’s lost millions due to Boras’ tainted advice his only recourse will be to go after Boras and try to recover some of his losses.

  9. mryankee says:

    Well looks like the A’S might snag Aroldis Chapman. BTW intersting point the A’S outbid the Yankees for Michael Inoa?

  10. Richard Deegan says:

    3/15 for Marion Byrd. Right up there with Cubbies paying 2/ 7.5 MM for their Loogy (Grabow).
    So now, what was the point of dumping Bradley to replace him with 5MM of nothing? Were they that hot to grab Silva?
    …and y’all though Omar was crazy.

  11. I could see Texas being interested in Damon now.

  12. Section 39 says:

    Thank God Byrd signed with someone else. I don’t think the Yanks every really considered him a viable option, but I’m happy we didn’t hand out this ridiculous contract.

    I do think the Cubs just made it more difficult for Damon. Even though I think Damon should go to an AL team where he can DH too, taking the Cubs out of the running for him increases the Yanks chances of getting him back. The more teams that get out of the LF market, the cheaper Damon will get. He is losing his leverage quickly.

    • Mac1 says:

      Its not a ridiculous contract if he plays CF and posts his career #’s.

      Gary Matthews Jr was a ridiculous contract.

      At 3 years 15 mil Yanks were right to pass on Byrd, I just want to see them go into st with a better option than Gardner and HoffmaNN.

  13. DRU says:

    Thats why the cubbies are the cubbies. They take it in the @ss with Bradley and have to pick up a 7 figure long man ( Silva ) for the pen just to get rid of him…now they jump right back in with another Texas Stadium inflated hitter coming off a “career year”, which really wasn’t that good to begin with.

    Better them than us, the Yankee brass looks smarter and smarter each day.

    So I guess we can end the Byrd to LF for the Yanks talk.

  14. DRU says:

    Damon 2010 = Abreu 2009

    Id take Johnny back for 1 year at 5M like the Angel did with Bobby last year.

  15. ultimate913 says:

    Hey, Mike. Can you make a post about Damon’s options and any teams that could potentially sign Damon(including or excluding the Yankees)? I’d like to know what options he has left.

  16. slappy white says:

    I read that before they signed Byrd the Cubs were looking at Ankiel…..Is he being considered by the Yanks ?

  17. Mo says:

    I don’t think Marlon Byrd is a great player and I’m glad the Yanks didn’t sign him but I don’t think 3/15 is bad. Gary Mathews is a bad contract, Carlos Silva, MIlton Bradley, Gil Meche and Luis castillo are BAD contracts.

  18. gio says:

    Any chance Boras starts fielding 1-2 year offers, hoping the market for Holliday will improve next year? I’d take him on a 1-year, $15mm deal…

    • Steve H says:

      Not a chance, especially at 1/$15.

      • 28 next year says:

        yea because Holliday could get a higher AAV than that. He would need to be overpaid one year so that he could enter the market another time. However, I think this was his time to cash in and with teh possibility of FA like Mauer, Lee, and Beckett next year with King Felix the year after could really hurt Holliday in that teams like ours, would still not go after him and people with money would rather sign a pitcher for that much than a left fielder.

    • 28 next year says:

      mlbtr has something on that,

      however, you’d have to overpay on a one year deal. You wouldn’t get him for 15 but I think I would take him for 20mm maybe even a touch more for 1 year. The key is, I think Steinbrenner would bump up payroll for a one year deal that could improve teh club that much. I think everyone agree Holliday would be helpful, just not on a long term commitment. I would go for that one year deal without even thinking.

    • whozat says:

      This year, he’s the best on the market. Next year, there’s Joe Mauer, Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, and in LF the younger Crawford with the “more athletic” moniker…This is the best market for Matt Holliday.

      Besides, until we see details on the Cards negotiations, it’s waaaay premature to think Boras is even considering this. The rumored numbers (which may be totally made up, I admit) are in the right ballpark, certainly high enough that 1/15 isn’t gonna happen.

    • Doug says:

      his target price is apparently $22.5M per year (average value) and the st. louis writer is saying he might consider a shorter deal to get that.

      however, if it’s true that there are $100M+ deals on the table, there is no chance he risks that security for a much shorter deal for a bit more $ per

  19. Tampa Yankee says:

    I love the “tease” on MSN (Fox Sports) for the Byrd signing:
    “Source: Cubs get big-hitting CF for $15M”.

    Apparently, Sucka Got No Juice doesn’t read RAB.

  20. Mac1 says:

    I wanted Byrd, but 3 years 15 mil is easy to pass on for the Yanks.

    For the Cubs, if he plays CF and gives them his career #’s, its a decent deal.

    I’d like to see the Yanks bring Damon’s bat back, or trade for a guy like DeJesus – good D, good arm, 780 ops – proven makor league player around 30 who is healthy and can start every day.

  21. Juke Early says:

    Since Byrd has flown elsewhere, Mac1 must have got into my batch of New Year’s Eve Kool-Aid. I really don’t mean to be stupid or provocative. But how about getting DeJesus – would KC be that tough to tempt? Must be some young controllable NYY mL-ers they like. I’d suggest a “out of left field” blockbuster. But I don’t want the bad juju to kick off 2010…

  22. JFH says:

    i am glad byrd is out of the picture. if only reed johnson were off the list of possibilities too. i am still hoping for damon or x-man, long shots that they are.

  23. Fud says:

    Byrd or Damon? I’ll take damon

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