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Cubs give Holliday the Byrd

As soon as the Cubs finally ridded themselves of Milton Bradley, the wild speculation that they would jump into the Matt Holliday talks popped up all over town.

The Cubs may be looking for a fly chaser. But they aren't looking for someone to play the corners. Word from the Dallas Morning News is that the Wee Bears may be close to a deal for Rangers free agent centerfielder Marlon Byrd instead.

Prior to the Bradley swap, which landed the Cubs terrible starting pitcher Carlos Silva and -- much more importantly -- about $6 million in payroll flexibility, Chicago was reported to be talking with former White Sox and Brewers centerfielder Scott Posdenik. But the financial wiggle room caused the Cubs to set their sights a little higher.

Byrd hit .283 with 20 homers and 43 doubles last year in the Rangers' hitter-friendly home park. If he signs with Chicago, Byrd would be re-united with former Texas hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.