Diamondbacks Release Eric Byrnes

WEDNESDAY, 2:21pm: Byrnes has been released by the D'Backs, tweets MLB.com's Steve Gilbert.  Welcome to our free agent list, Eric!

FRIDAY, 1:52pm: The D'Backs have designated Eric Byrnes for assignment, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The D'Backs will presumably have trouble trading Byrnes, who has some no-trade protection and will make $11MM this year. The club may well end up releasing him within the next ten days.

If they release Byrnes, the D'Backs will have obtained a hugely disappointing return on the three-year $30MM deal they signed the outfielder to in 2007. In the 482 plate appearances he's made under the new deal, Byrnes hit .218/.271/.382. Byrnes, 34 next month, was a positive on defense in nearly 900 innings the last two seasons, according to UZR.


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79 Comments on "Diamondbacks Release Eric Byrnes"


Truitalian9
5 years 7 months ago

yankees will open their arms

Boz
5 years 7 months ago

I like him better than Garnder if he can be had for cheap

CosaOne
5 years 7 months ago

Even if he signs for league minimum, which he most likely will, Garder will probably give the team more value.

derekk84
5 years 7 months ago

Probably get the most value if they were platooned. Byrnes is much better against lefties than Gardner is.

dodgers_suck
5 years 7 months ago

so will the giants

BravoBrado
5 years 7 months ago

I really hope the Braves don’t sign this guy. Wouldn’t surprise me though, they like to sign s*** outfielders.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

The worst S**t outfielder signing of recent times was the Dodgers signing Andrew Jones. The guy gets 36 million for two years , comes to spring training rotund, strikes out about half the time, and when the fans boo him he says “he does not care what the fans think”Plus he has a big smile on his face after every strike out.He could not hit water if he fell out of a boat on the lake. He might as well have pulled a Gary Templeton and just given the fans the finger.

brandonperry42
5 years 7 months ago

he is probably better than any of the leftfeild options the braves have available.. on a one year deal could be a very good pick up allows the braves to venture out and use melky as a tradeing chip this season if say a pitcher goes down diaz and melky could bring a very valuable return. but i agree with you in a sense that he is way past his prime

5 years 7 months ago

He’ll clear waivers and be released… what a waste of money.

Yaks
5 years 7 months ago

About time, can’t stand that scrub.

joe2629
5 years 7 months ago

there has been some connection between him and the sox the last couple of years

glenstein
5 years 7 months ago

Forgive me, I had not seen many Eric Byrnes games, but was his speed for real or did he just attempt to steal a lot?p.s. The commenting interface is ambiguous. Above it says “Required: Please login to comment.” But the submit button says “Post as Guest”, as though I could do that if I wanted.

5 years 7 months ago

It’s on now.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Spicoli needs to find a hitters paradise, or find out how to stay healthy..

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Welcome to the Padres!

5 years 7 months ago

He’s Moorad’s boy and we have a need for a right-handed outfielder. I hope he’s signed by the end of the day.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

I see him as a very likely candidate not only because of his connection with Moorad and the Padres needs for a right handed hitting outfielder that CAN play CF but also because with the Padres he would probably get more playing time in contrast to other teams.

davidmp2
5 years 7 months ago

I was actually thinking he’d be the kind of guy the Reds go after for their LF vacancy. He’s a low risk play and should sign for league minimum given his AZ salary.

Ohhhplease
5 years 7 months ago

I think the Pads idea may have a lot of truth. I think Harriston Jr. is the better signing, but the Padres cannot get into a bidding war with the Yankees and Mets. IF Byrnes is healthy he may be an OK solution for the Pads until Durango or Hunter (or whomever they get when Bell, Kouz and A Gon is traded) is ready.

Could get signed on the super cheap, 1 mill or so…Would not be soooooo bad, would it ?

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

I think Jerry H Jr. is by far the better signing for several reasons. I agree with you and have said the same thing about bidding with teams such as the Mets or Yankees.

I think Eric will be VERY cheap around the league min. and why not continue to go after both!

If Byrnes is cheap 1 million and under, Hairston IF HE WANTS to play here could be had at probably 2.5 3-4 million for both those players, yea, do it!

Ohhhplease
5 years 7 months ago

I cant see the Pads signing both, unless they only see Harriston Jr as that utility infielder they are looking for (but isnt that spot filled by O. Salazar?) I think it would add to the logjam in the outfield, as well as take money away from the #5 and the catcher they are wanting.

I see Harriston as the clear choice, but, I think Byrnes will be what they get only because of the cost. If the 7-8 million number that the Pads have to spend is accurate, and you spend 1 mill or less on Byrnes, then maybe you have the means to look at a better pitcher (Smoltz?), where if you sign Harriston, you are locked into something of lesser quality.

5 years 7 months ago

I can see Russ Ortiz and Eric Byrnes sitting at the bar.. Waiter comes over… “Here ya go Gentleman (setting down two frosty pints), Compliments of the Arizona Diamondbacks sitting at that table over there”! “You two are drinking for free!!”

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

Not a bad guy to sign on the cheap. Decent speed, fan favorite.

CubsonTap
5 years 7 months ago

Not a bad possiblity for a 4th OF with the Cubs. He can atleast platoon with Fukedome. Would rather have Reed Johnson.

jdub220
5 years 7 months ago

Finally!

leonhard14
5 years 7 months ago

Diamondbacks are sleepers for the NL title.

Ohhhplease
5 years 7 months ago

Sleeper for which NL title?? You mean like THE title ? I doubt it…maybe not even the NL west title…

bomberj11
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah okay. I think the Pirates are gonna be a sleeper team this year, too.

stackthedeck
5 years 7 months ago

400K to be the Cards 4th OF…..Mo’s “low hanging fruit”

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

I say Pads or Braves. More likely Pads though….

TommyL
5 years 7 months ago

Eric is a Cali boy. He’ll show up in SF, OK, LA or SD. He’d probably prefer Jints but they’d have to dump Fred Lewis or somebody to make room.

Gumby65
5 years 7 months ago

I remember him tearing it up in the short-season Northwest League for Southern Oregon back in the day… His legs are 3/4 of his game, if he gets them back it shouldn’t be inconceivable he’d make a solid number 4 OF for somebody (an ex-Bruin in LA could be a possibility, on the cheap).

sfgiants19
5 years 7 months ago

The Giants need to pick him up.. Hometown love baby

5 years 7 months ago

DFA Lewis, grab Byrnes. Can you say upgrade?

5 years 7 months ago

CHONE Lewis ’10: 1.3
CHONE Byrnes ’10: 1.2

Apparently you can not say it.

5 years 7 months ago

Upside is way bigger for Byrnes than Lewis.

bharsh
5 years 7 months ago

Definitely home town love. San Fran LOVES Burnsy… and IF healthy a viable option at the lead off spot platooning in center and right field…. and really who would you rather have, F-Lu or Burnsy? dude has more heart in his little toe than F-Lu will ever have. Sign dude to a minor league deal that is intensive based if he makes the club and has X number of AB’s…. done dealio. He’d be here in a heartbeat… Good club house guy, would run through a wall for ya, still has speed, could probably still hit ya 10 to 15 bombs steal a bag or 6… I see this one as a WIN WIN!!!Line-upBurnsySanchezSandyHuffDeRosaRowandRenturiaPosey/??PitcherBerating of my post to start in 3….2….1……

5 years 7 months ago

You are aware Johnny Damon is out there right?

Best Giants team:

1B: Bowker (why wont they give him a chance? he’s awesome.)
2B: Sanchez
SS: Uribe
3B: Sandoval
C: Posey
LF: Damon
CF: Rowand
RF: DeRosa
Bench: Huff-Lewis-Renteria-Shierholtz-backupcatcher

bharsh
5 years 7 months ago

LOL…. You actually think the Giants are going to pony up Damon money? Ha… From the immortal words of larry the cable guy… Thats funny right there, I don’t care who you are!!!
GET’R DONE SABIAN!!!!