Signing Marlon Byrd was important. The Cubs needed quality in center field. Byrd is quality, if just by a nose.
But there’s more work to be done. The Cubs also need more quality arms, especially in the bullpen. Ted Lilly is out until April, at the very least, recovering from shoulder surgery, and the bullpen is two quality arms short of being a championship caliber pen.
For the next three years Marlon Byrd gives the Cubs stability in center field.
That’s significant considering they’ve been without it for the last five. Even then, that hinges on whether or not you’re willing to consider Corey Patterson as ‘stable’ in center field.
Defense up the middle is hugely important. Teams don’t win championships without it.
Yet, I had to go back to 1987 before I could find an everyday center fielder for the Cubs who lasted three seasons or longer on the North Side.
That, my friends, speaks volumes as to how this club was mismanaged for so long!