Monday, May 3, 2010

Mariners release Eric Byrnes

The Mariners took a chance on Eric Byrnes, and things just didn't work out.  Seattle released the $11M a year outfielder today after hitting only .094 (3-32) ouch!  The career .258 hitter was earning $11 million this year from the existing 3-year deal the Diamondbacks gave him, though, the Mariners only had to pay the minimum ($400,000) to have him on their roster.

In 2006, Byrnes, a fan favourite for his all-out play and say-anything attitude, enjoyed his best season with a career-high in home runs with 26 and followed that up in 2007 with 21 home runs and surprised the baseball world with an alarming 50 stolen bases.  His days in Oakland, where he started, were solid, just never really became the player they thought.

Other news:

The White Sox 1B Paul Konerko leads the majors with 12 home runs.  He has 338 career home runs and at this pace, might hit 50 this year.

Could the Jays SS Alex Gonzalez be the player from the 2004 Marlins?, oh wait, that is the same player, but will he hit 23 home runs and have 79 RBI like that year.  He's on pace for 30 home runs and 100 RBI, so maybe.

Weird stats: the White Sox OF Juan Pierre is hitting .202 going into Monday's action, but has 10 stolen bases, making him a good fantasy option still.  Also, the Reds OF Drew Stubbs is hitting .179 but has 7 stolen bases.  Fantasy owners love guys that can steal I guess.


The top 5 pitchers in the National League

1. Rockies Ubaldo Jimenez (5-0, 0.79 ERA)
2. Nationals Livan Hernandez (3-1, 0.87 ERA)
3. Cardinals Jamie Garcia (2-1, 1.04 ERA)
4. Giants Tim Lincecum (4-0, 1.27 ERA)
5. Phillies Roy Halladay (5-1, 1.47 ERA)

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