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Chicago native Cliff Floyd agrees to one-year deal with Cubs

 

The Chicago Cubs today announced that the club has agreed to terms with outfielder and first baseman Cliff Floyd on a one-year deal with a mutual option for the 2008 season.

 

Floyd, 34, owns a .279 career batting average (1,331-for-4,775) with 317 doubles, 213 home runs and 781 RBI in 1,423 Major League contests with Montreal (1993-1996, 2002), Florida (1997-2002), Boston (2002) and the New York Mets (2003-2006). He is one of just 15 active left-handed hitters to amass over 200 career long balls and 300 career doubles.

 

The Chicago native has a .974 fielding percentage (54 E/2,107 TC) with 75 assists in 1,173 games roaming the outfield. In addition, Floyd owns a .990 fielding percentage (9 E/868 TC) in 116 games at first base.

 

Floyd batted .333 (4-for-12) with a home run in six postseason games with the Mets in 2006. That followed a regular season in which Floyd hit .244 (81-for-332) with 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 97 games for New York, as he had two stints on the disabled list. He was on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle June 7-30 and was also on the shelf Aug. 9-Sept. 2 with inflammation in his left Achilles.

 

In 2005, Floyd established a career-high with 34 home runs while hitting .273 (150-for-550) with 98 RBI in his third season with New York. His 15 outfield assists that season were the most by a Mets outfielder since Bernard Gilkey had 17 in 1997.

 

Floyd was named to the 2001 National League All-Star team in a season that saw him establish career highs in batting average (.317), hits (176), RBI (103) and runs scored (123). In 1997, Floyd was a member of the World Champion Florida Marlins squad that defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games.

 

A graduate of Thornwood High School in South Holland, Ill., Floyd was named the Chicago Tribune's Athlete of the Year in 1991. He was originally selected by Montreal in the first round (14th overall) of the 1991 draft.

 

Another FA off the market... not that I'm implying the Marlins should have gotten him...

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A lot of the Cubs' deals bite them, let's take another bite. They have way too many outfielders now, likely holding Pie to AAA to start the season (where he may very well be best suited). If they aren't that high on him, which it doesn't seem they are with all of the signings they've made lately, he's likely within reach.

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A lot of the Cubs' deals bite them, let's take another bite. They have way too many outfielders now, likely holding Pie to AAA to start the season (where he may very well be best suited). If they aren't that high on him, which it doesn't seem they are with all of the signings they've made lately, he's likely within reach.

 

Signing Floyd seems to leave Matt Murton as his platoon partner. I don't see why the Cubs are holding Murton back.

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