Reports out of Chicago suggest the Cubs have targeted Rangers outfielder Marlon Byrd as part of their solution in center field in 2008 along with Felix Pie.
Speculation is that the Cubs would be willing to send outfielder Matt Murton for Byrd, who signed a 1-year, $1.8 million deal last week, or add slimmed-down minor-league pitching prospect Sean Gallagher to make a deal more attractive.
But that might not be enough to entice the Rangers. Byrd is the front-runner to play every day in left field, and his 2007 performance (.307, 10 HR, 70 RBI in 414 at-bats) suggests he could handle 500-plus at-bats. He is also insurance in center field should an injury befall Josh Hamilton.