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Cubs interested in Byrd, willing to part with Murton?

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From T.R. Sullivan:

The Chicago Cubs, according to Major League officials, have called and asked about center fielder Marlon Byrd. The Cubs are looking for a right-handed-hitting center fielder.

Byrd played center for the Rangers last season but is expected to switch to left after the acquisition of Josh Hamilton earlier this month.

The Cubs would likely be willing to give up left fielder Matt Murton, who hit .281 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs in 94 games and 235 at-bats in 2007. Murton played in 144 games for the Cubs in 2006 and batted .297 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs. He is career .326 hitter against left-handed pitchers.

Right now, there have only been preliminary discussions between the two teams and no deal is imminent. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels declined to discuss specific trade rumors.

If the Rangers could get Murton for Byrd, that would seem to be a slam-dunk.

And the fact that nothing has happened yet suggests that this is sort of wishful thinking.

But as I've said before, if the Rangers could get something decent for Byrd from the Cubs, I'd be happy to see them pull the trigger.