Thursday, January 25, 2007

Cubs sign Floyd, release Rusch

The Chicago Cubs have signed a deal with free agent outfielder Cliff Floyd to a one-year, $3 million deal that includes a mutual option for the 2008 season. The left-handed batter will serve as the club's fourth outfielder, behind Murton in left, Jones in right, and Soriano in center field.

Earlier during the off-season, center field was a major question mark for the team. According to manager Lou Piniella, Soriano insisted on playing a corner outfield spot and leading off before signing with the Cubs, leaving three players fighting for two positions and no center fielder. While it is likely that Soriano will lead off, the recently converted outfielder has agreed to give center field a try.

Finally, the off-season dilemmas have been resolved.

Also, the Cubs have also released Glendon Rusch. The left-hander, who posted a 3-8 record last season, missed the final weeks of the year due to a life-threatening blood clot in his lungs. After Rusch's condition did not improve in the following months, the Cubs had no choice but to grant his release. Rusch, however, does not intend retire.

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