Skip to content

Mariners add Byrnes to outfield picture

Jan 29, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

Outfielder Eric Byrnes is on his way to Seattle after signing a one-year deal Friday.
Terms weren’t announced, but it’s certainly for the minimum, given that the Diamondbacks were on the hook for $11 million under the terms of the three-year, $30 million extension he signed in Aug. 2007.
Since he came at such a bargain, Byrnes should have had his pick of teams, even though he’s been a bust in back-to-back seasons. He hit .209/.272/.369 in 206 at-bats in 2008 and .226/.270/.293 in 239 at-bats last year. It was a big 2007 in which he hit .286/.353/.460 and stole 50 bases that landed him his bloated contract.
The addition of Byrnes to Seattle’s outfield suggests that the team might not keep 23-year-old Michael Saunders out of spring training. The Mariners could have let Saunders, Milton Bradley and Ken Griffey Jr. battle it out for playing time between left field and DH (Saunders, of course, always would have played left field when he was in the lineup). Now the Mariners have the option of using Byrnes and Griffey in a platoon, with Bradley playing left field against righties and DH versus lefties. That wouldn’t have worked with Saunders, since both he and Griffey are left-handed hitters.

  1. hop - Jan 29, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Congrats! The M’s just made their offense even more pathetic!

  2. Seth - Jan 29, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Cheep gamble. I likee. If he doesn’t work out, circular file him.

  3. hop - Jan 30, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    It will be the same team as last year, pretty good starting pitching, pretty good bullpen, ZERO offense. Keep paying ichiro 20MIL to hit infield singles and see how many runs that scores! MORONS!

  4. Mark - Jan 30, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    I know right. Stupid Ichiro clogging the bases. God. He should learn to play the game the right way. STOP GETTING ON BASE WITH THOSE INFIELD SINGLES, ICHIRO!

  5. roger.earl@gmail.com - Jan 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Yeah.. stupid to get an outfielder for cheap in a one-year contract under which he has all the incentives to have a good year in order to continue playing.
    Byrnes will be just horrible platooning with Griffey for DH.
    Giving Griffey resting time is a bad idea..

  6. DLF - Jan 30, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Hey, it should be great entertainment watching this idiot do somersaults when he throws from the outfield, and striking out more than most blink their eyes! But, not to worry, the Diamondbacks are the ones on the hook for the $11 million. Brilliant move on their part, don’t you think???

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

This was 'the perfect baseball game'
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Springer (3958)
  2. I. Davis (3030)
  3. C. Kimbrel (2880)
  4. B. Harper (2804)
  5. M. Cuddyer (2759)
  1. M. Machado (2743)
  2. C. Granderson (2530)
  3. J. Chavez (2443)
  4. J. Reyes (2364)
  5. K. Calhoun (2273)