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Diamondbacks likely to release Eric Byrnes

Jan 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

UPDATE:  Byrnes has been designated for assignment.

10:00 A.M.: The Diamondbacks need to make room on the roster for Adam LaRoche, and according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, they’re most likely going to do it by releasing Eric Byrnes.

Byrnes’ deal has to be one of the more spectacular contract disasters in recent history. Signed towards the end of the 2007season, it was a three-year, $30 million deal with a no-trade clause.

And it’s not just a disaster because he’s been injured for the majority of its duration. It even made no sense at the time. Byrnes was in the midst of perhaps his “greatest” season when he signed it, but even then he was only hitting .286/.353./460.  His OPS+ that year revealed him to be a slightly above average hitter overall, but of course he plays left field, and that’s a position that typically calls for more than a slightly above average bat.

Maybe it’s just a holdover from those dark days at the law firm when I used to fantasize about winning the lottery and stuff, but I’ve always had a place in my heart for guys like Byrnes and Darren Driefort and the like who were paid gigantic sums and produced almost nothing thereafter.  It almost makes you think “hey, I could have done that.”

  1. Tom Thumb - Jan 15, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    About D’Backs, no one reads

  2. Yoda - Jan 15, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Boring team they are. Silly contract that was.

  3. Old Gator - Jan 16, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    And when they do release him, he’ll go running out of the stadium naked still wearing a dogcollar. You couldn’t make up something like that. I dare you to even try.

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