Marlon Byrd ought to still be a Ranger

ARLINGTON, Texas – A reminder of the financial handcuff Tom Hicks has forced the Rangers to wear will be roaming center field at the ballpark in Arlington the next couple of days.

You reckon the Rangers could use Marlon Byrd?

After giving the Rangers three quality seasons, Byrd signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. He’s producing like an All-Star, hitting .325 with seven homers and 25 RBIs.

His replacement, meanwhile, is uncomfortably close to the Mendoza Line. Julio Borbon might have a bright future, but he’s hurting the Rangers by hitting .227 without any pop.

As the boys on ESPN 103.3’s Ben and Skin Show pointed out, you wouldn’t rather have Byrd than Vladimir Guerrero. But a team in the top-five market that considers itself a contender ought to be able to have both.