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M’s sign OF Eric Byrnes to a 1-year contract

Post by Ryan Divish on Jan. 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm with 7 Comments »
January 29, 2010 4:03 pm
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GM Jack Zduriencik said in yesterday’s pre-spring training luncheon that he was going to sign a right-handed bat. He followed through today, signing right-handed hitting outfielder Eric Byrnes to a 1-year contract.

“We think Eric is a great fit for our team,” Zduriencik said in the press release. “He is a high-energy player with a veteran presence. We look forward to him competing for a spot on our roster when spring training starts.”

Byrnes, who will turn 34 on Feb. 16, is a career .260 hitter with 189 doubles, 30 triples, 109 home runs, 396 RBI and 128 steals in 948 career games with the Oakland Athletics (2000-2005), Colorado Rockies (2005), Baltimore Orioles (2005) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2006-2009).

He was released by the D’backs in the offseason.

Byrnes has been limited by injuries the past two seasons, missing over two months (June 26-Sept. 5) on the disabled list with a fractured left hand in 2009 and playing in only 52 games in 2008 due to hamstring issues in both legs.

He finished the 2009 season hitting .226 in 84 games with 14 doubles, 8 home runs, 31 RBI and 9 steals (in 12 attempts) with the D-Backs.

To make room on the Mariners Major League, 40-man roster, Tommy Everidge has been designated for assignment. The Mariners now have 10 days to trade, release or outright Everidge to the minors. Everidge was claimed on waivers by Seattle from Oakland on Jan. 15, 2010.

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  1. Before rading your last 2 sentences, I was going to say, “who is Tommy Everidge??”.

    If Byrnes is healthy, this could be huge, & if not at least he’s cheap…………..

  2. What the hell am I supposed to do with my Tommy Everidge M’s jersey now?

    This sucks.

  3. I am not sure which move is least news worthy…..

    Byrnes is a good guy and will fit in well in the clubhouse. Not really the bigger right handed bat you would hope to have. You have to go back to ’06 and ’07 to see some decent numbers from Byrnes and those two years were in the NL. His AL (Oakland) numbers were ok. I suppose for whatever the minimal investment made, it could all be upside. Also, given Zduriencik’s overall record on fill-in roster pick-ups, it is hard to argue with his choices/judgement. Maybe his light-hearted nature will offset and be great for Milton Bradley.

  4. SharkHawk says:

    Z is smart with is almost no risk and high reward signings. I doubted him last year on Branyan, but what was the worst that could happen? You eat a million and cut the guy and sign somebody else with some potential. It’s better to sign 18 different guys at a cheap salary and hope they work out, than to sign one Richie Sexson and hope he works out. Your odds are much better.

    Unfortunately Bavasi and those who came before him didn’t seem to understand that mentality. Actually, I take that back. Gillick understood it to a degree, and had no problem turning over the roster. He just seemed to load up on players that other teams no longer wanted to pay, but were still decent (Boone, Nelson, Rickey Henderson, Olerud, etc.).

    I always thought Byrnes was a good player. Why not take a shot? It is isn’t like there is really anybody better floating around out there.

  5. With the big question marks for Chavez and Bedard with their injuries, is it possible they could just “fall back” to the M’s? I am thinking that the M’s have the best idea on their health. There could be a high risk/reward situation here, especially with Bedard. How crazy would it be for the M’s and Bedard to ink an incentives laden contract and he actually stays healthy? He could be a good late season trade or another piece to actually make the playoffs this season……again, if healthy. Mr. Z always seems to have a plan up his sleeve……just fun to speculate.

  6. wabubba67 says:

    Kind of a bummer about Everidge…had intriguing numbers at AA and AAA. I was looking forward to watching him this summer in Tacoma. Maybe he’ll slide through waivers and accept a minor league contract with Seattle?

  7. kennyvia says:

    T-A-B or just Tab.

    That was his nickname in Oakland.

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