Cubs sign 1B-OF Ward to one-year deal

By Drew Silverman PA SportsTicker Staff Writer

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (Ticker)—The Chicago Cubs and first baseman-outfielder Daryle Ward agreed on a one-year contract Thursday, sources close to the negotiations told PA SportsTicker.

Financial terms were not immediately known.

Ward, 31, split last season between Washington and Atlanta, hitting .308 in both stops. He totaled seven homers and 26 RBI in 130 at-bats overall.

In nine major league seasons with five National League teams, Ward owns a career .262 batting average with 83 home runs and 343 RBI.

The addition of Ward does not eliminate the Cubs from pursuing free agent left fielder Cliff Floyd, formerly of the New York Mets. The oft-injured slugger still could provide Chicago a lefthanded bat it needs to offset righthanded hitters Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee.

“We’re always looking to help ourselves,” said Gary Hughes, special assistant to the general manager. “I don’t think Cliff Floyd will ever be off the Chicago Cubs’ radar.”

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Updated Thursday, Dec 7, 2006