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Cubs add free agent reliever Eyre

Southpaw leaves Giants for two-year contract

By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com

 

 

 

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs added a lefty to the bullpen mix on Thursday, signing free agent Scott Eyre to a two-year contract with a player option for a third year.

 

Eyre, 33, was 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA in a career-high 86 games with the San Francisco Giants, striking out 65 over 68 1/3 innings. Left-handers hit .182 against him last season, while right-handers didn't fare much better, batting .213. He did better on the road, posting a 1.30 ERA away from home compared to 4.01 ERA in San Francisco.

 

Eyre and Cubs manager Dusty Baker were together in 2002 in San Francisco. The Giants had claimed him off waivers, and the lefty was impressive, posting a 1.59 ERA in 21 games.

 

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I think it was a nice signing for the Cubs, just overpaid IMO.

 

 

He could have squeezed $4 or $5 mil a season out of the Red Sox or Yankees if all he wanted was a 2 year deal.

 

He took good "specialist" money, but he's really a set-up man or a fill-in closer since he gets both righties and lefties out.

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Cubs agree to terms with free-agent reliever Eyre

 

CHICAGO (AP) -- Free-agent reliever Scott Eyre agreed to terms on a two-year, $11 million contract with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

 

Financial terms of the deal, which includes a player option for the 2008 season, were still being negotiated.

 

"We haven't worked all that out yet," Eyre's agent Tommy Tanzer said. "There is going to be a signing bonus."

 

The Cubs said Eyre will be introduced at a news conference Friday at Wrigley Field.

 

Eyre's contract calls for up to $300,000 a year in performance bonuses. He will receive $100,000 for 70 appearances and an additional $200,000 if he pitches in 80 games. There is also wording that would give Eyre additional money should he become the Cubs' closer.

 

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f*** you Sabean...he came to the Giants asking for an extension at the beginning of the season, and Sabean told him to wait until after the season...We could've had him for less than half that, but the dumbass Sabean has to have his no extensions policy...and on top of that, MacGowan has to be a cheap ass piece of sh*t

I'm sad to see him go, he's a great player and a great guy, definitely worth the money...I just wish MacGowan wasn't so god damn cheap, and Sabean wasn't such a dumbass

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