The Rangers have avoided arbitration with Marlon Byrd yesterday. They reached a settlement with him worth a little over $3 million for 2009. This means that they have not had an arbitration hearing since 2000.
Byrd, shown here on card number 219 of the 2008 Upper Deck set, is one of four outfielders that Texas plans on carrying into the 2009 season. He is also the most versatile, able to play all three outfield positions with success in 2008. He hit .298 in 2008.
It looks like the Rangers have the outfield nailed down now. As usual the biggest question mark for the team is pitching.