GM Jack Zduriencik said in yesterday's pre-spring training luncheon that he was going to sign a right-handed bat. He followed through today, signing right-handed hitting outfielder Eric Byrnes to a 1-year contract.
"We think Eric is a great fit for our team," Zduriencik said in the press release. "He is a high-energy player with a veteran presence. We look forward to him competing for a spot on our roster when spring training starts."
Byrnes, who will turn 34 on Feb. 16, is a career .260 hitter with 189 doubles, 30 triples, 109 home runs, 396 RBI and 128 steals in 948 career games with the Oakland Athletics (2000-2005), Colorado Rockies (2005), Baltimore Orioles (2005) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2006-2009).
He was released by the D'backs in the offseason.
Byrnes has been limited by injuries the past two seasons, missing over two months (June 26-Sept. 5) on the disabled list with a fractured left hand in 2009 and playing in only 52 games in 2008 due to hamstring issues in both legs.
He finished the 2009 season hitting .226 in 84 games with 14 doubles, 8 home runs, 31 RBI and 9 steals (in 12 attempts) with the D-Backs.
To make room on the Mariners Major League, 40-man roster, Tommy Everidge has been designated for assignment. The Mariners now have 10 days to trade, release or outright Everidge to the minors. Everidge was claimed on waivers by Seattle from Oakland on Jan. 15, 2010.