According to ESPN Chicago, the Cubs have filled their center field void by signing Marlon Byrd to a 3 year $15 million deal.
Thanks to Jim Hendry dragging his feet on dealing Milton Bradley, the Cubs missed out on Curtis Granderson and Mike Cameron and now have to settle for Byrd.
What exactly does Byrd provide the Cubs? Well, Byrd's offense can be seen as a product of playing in Texas' Arlington Park, a notorious hitters park. Over the last 3 years, Byrd has a .897 OPS at home versus a .742 OPS on the road. He has hit 25 homeruns at home during that span, versus only 15 on the road.
So, if he's not the best hitter away from Texas, then Jim Hendry must have got him for his defense, right? Think again. According to Fangraph's Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) fielding ratings, which measures the amount of runs above or below an average defender the player would have given up or saved, Bryd came in at a -2.3 (that's a negative 2.3!), compared to Mike Cameron's 10.0 rating and Granderson's 1.6 rating.
Well, at least Hendry didn't give him $10 million a year.