Cubs sign OF Byrd to 3-year contract

Updated: January 1, 2010, 1:07 AM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Cubs made their first major addition of the offseason, signing former Texas Rangers outfielder Marlon Byrd to a three-year, $15 million deal on Thursday.

The Cubs hope Byrd can fill their center field void.

Byrd is a disciple of hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who also will be starting his first season with the Cubs after coming over from the Rangers.

"[Jaramillo] was a big part of [signing in Chicago]," Byrd said. "I really enjoyed my last three years with Rudy. ...

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