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Eric Byrnes | Outfielder

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (42) / 2/16/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 8 (0) / OAK

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Eric Byrnes, who was released by the Mariners earlier this month, told Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle that he is done playing baseball.
"People keep asking me, 'Are you really done' " with baseball?" Byrnes said. "I'm beyond OK with (retirement). This is awesome for me." Byrnes, 34, is currently playing every Wednesday in a slow-pitch softball league in Menlo Park, California and figures to find a career in broadcasting once he's ready. Thu, May 13, 2010 10:07:00 AM

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Eric Byrnes, who was released by the Mariners on Sunday, told that he may retire.

"I think this is the end," Byrnes said on Wednesday. "You never say never, but I think this is it. Parts of 11 seasons, man -- I gave everything I had to the game. I can look myself in the mirror and know that I gave it my all. I'm proud of that." Byrnes, 34, has a .258/.320/.439 batting line in the major leagues, but played a crucial role in helping the Diamondbacks make it to the NLCS in 2007. Injuries have slowed him in recent seasons and the Mariners gave up on him over the weekend after he batted just 094/.237/.156 over 38 at-bats.
Thu, May 6, 2010 10:51:00 AM

Mariners released OF Eric Byrnes.

Byrnes was making the major league minimum with Seattle, but was still overpaid. Turn your eyes from this batting line if you must: .094/.237/.156 through 38 at-bats. Conceivably, he could latch on with another club's Triple-A affiliate, but perhaps Byrnes will decide to hang it up. He hasn't been productive since 2007.
Sun, May 2, 2010 11:38:00 PM

According to's Jim Street, the Mariners have released Eric Byrnes, optioned Matt Tuiasosopo to Triple-A Tacoma and promoted Josh Wilson and Ryan Langerhans.

Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu promised changes to shake up a struggling offense. While these moves probably won't do that, perhaps the point was more to send a message. Byrnes, specifically, had to go, as his .107/.265/.179 line just couldn't be tolerated for another day. His career looks to be nearing an end. Tuiasosopo had contributed a .364 OPS to this point, so he was an easy victim of a roster purge as well. Wilson and Langerhans figure to fill utility roles in the infield and outfield, respectively.
Sun, May 2, 2010 10:34:00 PM

Eric Byrnes is starting in left field against the Athletics on Tuesday, while Milton Bradley will be the designated hitter.

Ken Griffey Jr, who was the designated hitter in Monday's opener, sits against the lefty Dallas Braden.
Tue, Apr 6, 2010 09:18:00 PM

Mariners signed OF Eric Byrnes to a one-year contract.

The Diamondbacks are on the hook for $11 million while Byrnes will almost certainly make the major league minimum with Seattle. The 33-year-old outfielder isn't going to be an everyday player anymore, but something will have to give in an outfield/designated hitter situation that also includes Michael Saunders, Ken Griffey Jr. and Milton Bradley. Byrnes has batted just .218/.271/.382 over the past two seasons since landing his big contract.
Fri, Jan 29, 2010 07:15:00 PM

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have signed OF Eric Byrnes to a one-year contract.

Jack Z was in the market for a right-handed bat and part-time left fielder so Byrnes should do the trick. The oft-injured 33-year-old was cut loose by the Diamondbacks earlier this month and will join the Mariners at the major league minimum. It's worth a shot if Byrnes can add some speed and defense off the bench.
Fri, Jan 29, 2010 06:44:00 PM

Mychael Urban of reports that Eric Byrnes is not a possibility for the Giants.

Urban writes that the door appears to have shut -- or never even opened -- on the 33-year-old outfielder, despite his vocal interest in coming to San Francisco. Byrnes was released by the Diamondbacks last week and can now be signed for the major league minimum with any team. Urban believes the Giants are done with any real offseason shopping.
Thu, Jan 28, 2010 04:22:00 PM

Diamondbacks released OF Eric Byrnes.

Byrnes was designated for assignment last week, but it was pretty clear that general manager Josh Byrnes wasn't going to find any late trade interest in the oft-injured outfielder. The club is now on the hook for the $11 million remaining on his contract. Byrnes, who turns 34 next month, can now sign for the major league minimum with any team.
Wed, Jan 20, 2010 03:27:00 PM

Eric Byrnes says he would be interested in joining the Giants, reports John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Byrnes was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks to make room for Adam LaRoche. The right-hander is due $11 million for 2010 and will sign for the major league minimum elsewhere after breaking a bone in his hand last season. The Giants are still looking for another bat, and Byrnes could appeal to them both financially and for his ability to play all outfield positions.
Sun, Jan 17, 2010 01:00:00 PM

Diamondbacks designated OF Eric Byrnes for assignment.

The Diamondbacks needed his roster spot for freshly inked first baseman Adam LaRoche. Byrnes broke a bone in his hand last season and hit just .226 with a .270 on-base percentage when healthy. He is entering the final season of a three-year, $30 million contract.
Fri, Jan 15, 2010 02:53:00 PM

A source told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that the Diamondbacks are "leaning toward" releasing outfielder Eric Byrnes.

A spot on the D'Backs' 40-man roster needs to be cleared for first baseman Adam LaRoche, who signed a one-year deal Thursday afternoon. Byrnes hit just .226 with a .270 on-base percentage last season and is entering the final season of a three-year, $30 million contract. Most of his struggles can be related to fluke injuries but that doesn't change the fact that he's no longer an adequate everyday outfielder.
Thu, Jan 14, 2010 06:53:00 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that after this week's signings of Bob Howry and Kelly Johnson, the Diamondbacks aren't expected to add more payroll.

There are exceptions, of course. The Diamondbacks are keeping tabs on former closer Jose Valverde in the event that his price drops. They may also pursue a first baseman, outfielder or starting pitcher, though they'll likely wait until the end of January for a bargain. The club has even explored the possibility of an Andruw Jones-like release for oft-injured outfielder Eric Byrnes in which he defers some of the $11 million remaining on his contract while looking for another opportunity. He's not receptive to the idea at this time.
Thu, Dec 31, 2009 02:38:00 PM

Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch had breakfast with Eric Byrnes on Wednesday to discuss the outfielder's future.

"We just wanted to sit down and lay out what's in front of him," said the D'Backs' general manager. Byrnes is entering the final year of a three-year, $30 million deal he signed in August of 2007. He's had two consecutive disappointing seasons, mostly due to injuries, and won't have a starting job in the Arizona outfield next season. He's a candidate to be traded this winter, but the D'Backs might have to eat most of his remaining salary.
Fri, Oct 16, 2009 10:05:00 AM

Eric Byrnes went 4-for-5 with two homers and five RBI as the Diamondbacks trounced the Cubs 12-3 on Friday.

A very late sign of life. Byrnes had been hitting .194 with one homer and two RBI in 36 at-bats since coming off the disabled list. The Diamondbacks are likely to see if they can trade him for another bad contract this winter. The only way he'd seem to fit in their plans is if Conor Jackson was non-tendered. Then Byrnes and Gerardo Parra could battle for the starting job in left field. As is, it looks like Parra will be the fourth outfielder next year.
Fri, Oct 2, 2009 05:29:00 PM

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