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Cubs sign free agent infielder Todd Walker



The Chicago Cubs today agreed to terms with free agent infielder Todd Walker on a one-year contract for the 2004 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Walker, 30, hit .283 in 144 games for Boston in 2003. The infielder had 38 doubles, 4 triples and 13 homers while driving in a career-high 85 runs.

was the toughest player to strike out in the American League, as he fanned just 54 times (an average of once every 12.0 plate appearances).

had 51 multi-hit games - including one 4-hit game and five 3-hit games - and 24 multi-RBI affairs.

hit .301 and had 60 RBI when facing right-handers.

had a career-high 20-game hitting streak May 10-June 5, batting .360 (31-86) with 5 doubles, 2 homers and 11 RBI.

batted .347 with 3 roundtrippers and 16 RBI in September.

saw postseason action for the first time in his career, as the Red Sox advanced to the ALCS. In 12 playoff games, the infielder hit .349 with 5 homers and 6 RBI. The 5 home runs were the most ever by a Red Sox player during a single postseason.

The left-handed batter has hit .290 with 71 homers and 398 RBI in 893 career games. He has seen action in the majors at second base, third base and shortstop.

ranked 5th in the National League in doubles in 2002 (42) - and has at least 35 doubles in five of his eight seasons.

has 271 career multi-hit games, include 12 contests with 4 hits.

In addition to the Red Sox, Walker has played in the majors for Minnesota (1996-2000), Colorado (2000-2001) and Cincinnati (2001-2002). The Twins selected him with the 8th overall pick in the 1994 June free-agent draft out of Louisiana State University.

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what a retard


Cubs signed infielder Todd Walker, who had been with the Red Sox, to a one-year contract.

Walker is expected to back up Mark Grudzielanek and could also see a little time in left field. If Moises Alou gets hurt, it might be Walker, not Todd Hollandsworth or Dave Kelton, who takes over as a regular. Buth Grudzy and Walker will have value in NL-only leagues next season, but it's not a good idea to pursue either of them.

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