Defense needs to stretch

Byrd's range will go long way in improving Cubs' defense in 2010

Updated: March 31, 2010, 2:26 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

"The Cubs didn't look bad on defense last year, but if you watch them enough, you would see they didn't get to too many balls, which really hurt their pitching." -- A National League advance scout on the 2009 Chicago Cubs.

Although the 2009 Cubs' fielding percentage of .983 was only the fourth-worst in the National League, the Cubs' defensive range was considered well below-average. Starting with the outfield, Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome and Milton Bradley were hard to watch on a ...

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